Local girls created a non-profit organization for the River region
Christy Daniel and Daraja Maye posed for photos in front of the Capitol building while wearing their matching shirts for their organization for Global Brown Girls.
The two girls, who have roots in Lowndes County, have worked to support students who attend HBCUs through block parties, as well as other events for their community.
The couple, who have been best friends for most of their lives, founded Global Brown Girls in college. They had started a blog to document their trip to Ghana.
The organization has since become a non-profit. Especially since the start of the pandemic, the organization has grown and focused on helping local young people have fun and get involved in networking opportunities.
“We did different activities, especially now with COVID going on,” Daniel said. “Not having the luxury of going out as much as we were allowed to before, we just take it upon ourselves, especially in our community, to plan different events and engage young people in safe and fun networking opportunities” , Daniel said. .
They both grew up in rural Alabama, and they felt there weren’t many safe activities for young people in the area.
“So we just wanted to expand the options for the younger generation within our community,” Daniel said.
Denise Davis-Maye, Maye’s mother, spoke of the tight-knit community they grew up in, which led the young women to always see service as part of their lives: the girls worked in their church and the 4 -H were growing up. They don’t recognize how impressive their work is to others.
“I think both myself and Christie’s mom recognize that it’s not something all kids do, but they certainly don’t see it as something more,” Davis-Maye said.
Daniel and Maye noted that this quirky trip to Ghana, which led to their blog, broadened their horizons. They donated money for books to two schools there.
“And, of course, you always want to be part of the change,” Maye said of his first involvement.
The girls started by donating money to buy books in Ghana, then used those resources to expand their work by donating supplies to kindergartens in Lowndes County.
“I’m very proud of them,” Davis-Maye said.
Teresa Jackson, a family friend of the Daniels, has always told the girls that she would love to help in any way possible. She says they have been so successful because of their drive and sticking to their goals.
“More places,” Jackson said of what she hopes will be next for them. “When they went to Ghana, they went to their schools and visited the local churches, and maybe I would like them to find another place they would like to explore in Africa or somewhere else.
“So I was just impressed with the two girls and how they got to see them progress and observe their growth and development,” said Nichole Thompson, who mentored the girls through the workshop. on small business, She Wins Global.
“Both girls have been entrepreneurs for a while, but not just because they’re deeply invested in their communities,” Thompson said. “And they’re both really well on their way to doing great things in the River region.”
Jemma Stephenson is a children’s and education reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She can be reached at [email protected] or 334-261-1569.