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!