Emerge Global (www.emergeglobal.org) is an award-winning nonprofit founded by an American college student who was inspired by an 11-year-old rape survivor who had the courage to speak out to protect others. Emerge was launched to empower girls who have survived abuse to celebrate their strength and resiliency, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders in their own communities.
Emerge Global works with its sister entity in Sri Lanka, Emerge Lanka Foundation, to supports Sri Lankan girls, ages 10-18, who have been removed from their homes due to past abuse or the threat of abuse and are courageously testifying in court. These girls are placed into shelters that typically lack resources and educational opportunities; Emerge partners with these shelters to transform them into entrepreneurship hubs, where girls develop the business and life skills needed for self-sufficiency. Emerge equips these girls with skills and resources for their futures, using a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes leadership, life skills, and business knowledge, while simultaneously generating a financial foundation for each program participant through the creation of unique jewelry. Emerge currently works in three homes with up to 80 teenage girls at a time.