About Me: I co-founded Girls Education International in November 2006 with Heidi Wirtz, my longtime friend and rock climbing partner. We decided to start Girls Ed after spending a few weeks in the village Khane, Northern Areas, Pakistan. While there we were struck by the disparities between the education and facilities offered to the boys versus the girls. We decided, then and there, that we wanted to empower disadvantaged girls in remote and undeveloped communities of the world, specifically in mountainous regions. Since the inception of our nonprofit, we have developed and implemented two scholarship programs in Liberia and Nepal and are embarking on a school construction project in Pakistan.

My Passions: educating and empowering women

My Challenges: Finding funding for the Girls Education International projects and administrative costs

My Vision for the Future: Literacy, health education, and economic empowerment for women in every corner of the world

My Areas of Expertise: public relations, marketing, business management


Hey Lizzy,

Your project is great. You are an inspiration to women everywhere. I will email you a grants database. I hope you can secure funding to fund your projects!:)

Thanks so much! Nice to meet you.

Your name is Reem? I read through profile. Have you done much filming? Keep me posted on your progress in film making. One of my dear friends just died. He runs the Boulder Adventure Film Festival in Colorado, USA. His friends and family have raised a significant amount of money in his name. It will be used to create an endowment that will fund an ongoing grant for aspiring filmmakers.

Good luck!

Lizzy Scully www.MergeThisMedia.com

Hi Lizzy,

Welcome to PulseWire! We are so exited to have you as a member of our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

The best way to communicate and share your voice is to write in your journal, read the journals of fellow members and offer comments, or join a group and share in the dialogue by contributing to the group journal. I encourage you to share more about yourself and your organization through your journal.

You might consider joining The Pakistan Cafe, a group that serves as a collaborative and safe discussion forum for you to share your thoughts, ideas, struggles, and emotions surrounding Pakistan. http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/5053

Some women you may consider connecting with:

Yuko http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2309

urdutimes http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2172

Olga Murray http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1849

RIFFAT JAVAID KAHLON http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1507

Tanya http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1619

Sunita Basnet http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1767

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about PulseWire or need assistance in making connections with other members. I look forward to hearing more of your voice here!

Warm regards, Jade


It is realy nice to have you in our midst! I join others to welcome you here, where the action is.


Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre, 713 Road, A Close, Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Lizzy, it is with great delight that we welcome you to Pulsewire. You are doing such important work and I applaud you for all your efforts in empowering women and youth through your education programmes. It seems that climbing Shipton Spire pales in comparison to the heights you are achieving through Girls Education International.

In regards to working in Liberia, you might be interested in looking at the Advance Africa website as it offers grants to NGOs and organizations which run projects to improve the livelihoods of local communities. http://www.advance-africa.com/Grants-for-NGOs-and-Organisations.html

Also, here is a link for funding resources, as provided by the World Bank. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETP...

The Draper Richards Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides selected early-stage nonprofit organizations with start-up funding of $100,000 annually for three years, as well as assistance and support. Organizations must have or plan to get 501c3 status to apply. They can be found at: http://www.draperrichards.org/

Again, welcome and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Janice PulseWire Community Director

Hey Lizzy,

I'm sorry about your friend:)

Thanks for this consideration. Yes, I came up with the idea of writing a film a year and a half ago. I developed my characters, researched , did some interviews and wrote a lot. I'm just disappointed in Sudan right now, I was more optimistic when I started writing it and I also want to film it in Sudan, this is very difficult right now.

Hi Lizzy,

I remember you had messaged me awhile back with regards to the work you plan on (or are doing?) with The Abbott Foundation in Pakistan? I've tried to look them up online but havent been successful. Any link? Also, how's it going? Is there anything that your geoup is specifically looking for? I'm in Pakistan these days...are you here too? Maybe we could chat.

Let me know.

Take care!


Hi Lizzy,

I just read your profile and was so moved by the work you are doing to empower girls in Nepal, Pakistan and Liberia. Amazing! I think it's so important to take periods of life that were inspirations and create a vision from that. Thank you for the beautiful work you are doing! I'd love to hear more about it.

All good things,


PulseWire online community

Hello Lizzy,

You have done with a great job. I'm so glad to see you in this community. It is interested to learn something from you.

Regards, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent