Friday, January 06, 2012

Open for Business

The Girls International Friendship Trust is up and running. It has its own secure website, viewable by members only. It has an online application process that is simple and streamlined. It's everything my daughter and I could hope for without any real web design skills with which to work. Know a girl aged 10-17 who would like a safe place to meet friends from all over the world?

Here's the official statement:

GIFT, the Girls International Friendship Trust, was formed by Sherry and Ellie Chidwick as a safe place for girls to make friends from all over the world. The internet is, unfortunately, a very dangerous place for young girls, but GIFT provides a social network that has been pre-screened and approved by trusted friends so that, rather than hiding one's identity and being careful not to get to know one another too well, girls can be freed up to pursue genuine friendships with girls they would have otherwise never had the opportunity to meet--girls who live nearby and girls who live on the other side of the globe! It is our dream that GIFT will turn into a source of lifelong friendships and will provide global networking opportunities for many years to come.

If you are the connecting point between me and the applicant, please have her list you and your email address on her application under 'sponsor.'

It's going to be so fun!

The application also has its own tab up at the top of the page, for future reference. We would love to have you and the girls you know and trust from around the world join us!


Cindee said...

What makes a sponsor "approved"? What are the qualifications?

Tina Hollenbeck said...

My girls are 9.5 and 10.5 right now. When the younger turns 10 this spring, I think we'll be applying. :^) I really like this idea!

Sherry C said...

Cindy, in answer to your question, an approved sponsor--at least for now--is someone I know and trust. A sponsor, in turn, may recommend someone she knows and trusts, even if it is not a person I know. Glad your daughter is on board.

Tina, I look forward to having your girls join up! You could add one now and one later, you know...

alison said...

This is great, Sherry. Eden has a year, but Lydia might be up for it.

Sherry C said...

Alison, we currently have girls age 11, 12, 13 and 15. We would love to have Lydia, of course.