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Rockflower Welcomes Somto Ugwu to be a Global Ambassador

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Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Somto Ugwu to our Global Ambassadors.

Somto is a lawyer from Enugu State, Nigeria. He currently serves as the Head of Gender and Partnerships Officer for the Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP). Somto is also a member of MenEngage Nigeria and currently serves as a Team Leader for Unskilled to Skilled (U2S).

Somto’s passion to promote youth and women’s empowerment issues in his native Nigeria makes him a great addition to Rockflower.

We are excited to welcome him to our Catalyzer Collective!

Rockflower Welcomes Dancan Onyango to be a Global Ambassador

Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Dancan Onyango to our Global Ambassadors.

Dancan is currently an MBA student at Babson College committed to economic and social change. In his native Kenya, Dancan co-founded Jiwo Paro, a social venture that serves a portfolio of predominantly rural and underserved women through microfinance and financial literacy programs and current partner of Rockflower. He brings 6 years of emerging-markets experience in private sector financial services with technical specialties in agent banking strategy, microfinance, and business models focused on low- and lower-middle income markets in developing economies. In-between studies, Dancan is currently engaged on a study of impact investing and is interning with Women World Banking in New York City.

We are excited to welcome him to our Catalyzer Collective!

Rockflower Welcomes Amanda Swenson to be a Global Ambassador

Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda Swenson to our Global Ambassadors.

Amanda is currently pursuing a joint Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Amanda is passionate about international social justice issues, and her primary professional interests lie in the nexus between international law and socioeconomic development. She is proficient in Standard Arabic, Moroccan Darija, and Levantine Arabic, and she speaks intermediate conversational French.

We are excited to welcome her to our Catalyzer Collective!

Rockflower Welcomes Rachel Bernardo to the Youth Advisory Board

Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Bernardo to Youth Advisory Board.

Rachel Bernardo is a student at American University where she studies Public Health and Biology. Her focus in health has led to multiple volunteer opportunities and internships, including her current opportunity to study abroad in Nairobi and work with Lea Toto. Rachel’s passion for medicine and economic empowerment has inspired her to join our Catalyzer Collective.

We are excited to welcome her to the team!

Scaling Production of Reusable Sanitary Pads Project

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Rockflower is launching a campaign to scale up the production of reusable sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene products made by Womenchoice Industries to improve economic opportunities for low income families in Muheza, Tanzania and to keep girls in school.

The goal of $7,900 will cover Womenchoice Industries entire budget for increasing production and helping tens of thousands of girls gain access to menstrual products and improve their capacity for full retention in school.

The Scaling Production of Reusable Sanitary Pads Project campaign is being led by Mollie Meredith, a member of our Youth Advisory Board.

About Womenchoice Industries

Womenchoice Industries is a social enterprise established to provide solutions to menstrual and other feminine hygiene problems. Through the production and distribution of low cost, affordable (MHM) reusable sanitary towels, “Salama Pads”, post-partum maternity pads, reusable tampons, diapers and breast pads, they are creating a market opportunity for women and girls from low income families, to learn skills and business acumen that will in turn improve girls’ school attendance and academic performance in Tanzania. Additionally, Womenchoice Industries owned by Lucy Odiwa won the SDGs and Her competition in 2018 hosted by the World Bank and UN Women. 

Rockflower Welcomes Mollie Meredith to the Youth Advisory Board

Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Mollie Meredith to the Youth Advisory Board.

Mollie Meredith graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a degree in Design Ergonomics. She has travelled extensively around the world on voluntary charity projects, sharing skills, knowledge and cultures with many different people and communities. Mollie’s love for empowering women to recognize the powerful communities they can create together, inspired her to join The Rockflower Youth Advisory Board and advance this message.

We are excited to welcome her to the team!

Rockflower Welcomes Rex Ward to the Youth Advisory Board

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Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Rex Ward to the Youth Advisory Board.

Rockflower's Youth Advisory Board brings together a unique collection of inspiring young individuals determined to use their creativity and passion to leave a positive imprint on future possibilities for girls and women globally.

Rex is a sophomore at Tabor Academy, Marion, MA. Having grown up with three older sisters, he was raised to appreciate the importance of gender equality.

Rockflower Welcomes Global Research Intern

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Rockflower welcomes Kirsten Drew, who joins Rockflower as our Global Research Intern.  Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, studied at American University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in International Development at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.

Kirsten brings a wealth of practical knowledge and skills having previously interned with The Advocacy Project in Washington, D.C. We are delighted she will be working with us to empower women and girls to build prosperous and successful lives.



Rockflower Welcomes Hannah Dawicki to the Youth Advisory Board

Rockflower is pleased to announce the addition of Hannah Dawicki to the Youth Advisory Board.

Rockflower's Youth Advisory Board brings together a unique collection of inspiring young individuals determined to use their creativity and passion to leave a positive imprint on future possibilities for girls and women globally.

Please take a moment to learn more about Hannah and Rockflower's Youth Advisory Board.

Rockflower Integrates with Coinbase to Support Cryptocurrency Donations

Rockflower integrated with Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency wallet and platform, to allow donors to contribute using the Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin currencies.

By integrating with Coinbase, which is currently used by over 13 million consumers and 48,000 merchants worldwide, Rockflower can accept donations directly from a donor’s digital wallet via desktop or a smartphone.

"Rockflower has recognized crypto as a groundbreaking technology with the potential to not only change charitable giving, but the development and venture philanthropy landscape as a whole ,” said Tine Ward, Founder and CEO of Rockflower. “We will continue to assess how blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be used to ensure that every woman and girl has access to The Five Keys in building prosperous and successful lives."

Crypto-based donations can be made online by visiting www.rockflower.org/invest.

Rockflower Welcomes Emily Chandler and Taylor Washburn as Global Ambassadors

Rockflower's Global Ambassadors advance the cause of empowering women around the world by supporting Rockflower partner projects as well as visiting partners and providing feedback.

We are happy to welcome our first Global Ambassadors, Emily Chandler and Taylor Washburn.

Emily and Taylor's first project will be raising funds for Rockflower's partnership with the S.O.U.L. Foundation to empower women to deliver with dignity in rural Uganda.

In addition to spearheading a fundraiser for the S.O.U.L Foundation Project, Emily and Taylor plan to visit S.O.U.L and report on the impact of the funding as a way to celebrate their upcoming marriage and use their honeymoon as a practical and useful experience. 

Porter Magazine features Rockflower founder, Christine Ward

Porter Magazine featured Christine Ward, Rockflowers Founder and CEO, in the Fall 2016 issue. The article, "My Quest to do the Right Thing”, is a personal reflection on decisions taken that directly impacted the creation of  Rockflower and the determination to grow the fund into something that has the capacity to be truly transformational for women and girls worldwide.