Once upon a time…

For 27 young women from the Middle East and North Africa, a 3-week trip to the United States has been a dream come true. While only the first week has passed, the TechGirls have gotten to meet women leaders in technology and science as well  as tour around Washington D.C.

This year’s participants were selected from over 600 applicants –a record number from last year’s program. All the girls are extremely excited to be living in America and have held themselves to the utmost standard with grace and humility.

Upon meeting the TechGirls their unique personalities and intelligence are evident. J.E. Rash, President and Founder of Legacy International, humorously commented that “…it was bright outside but [brighter in here.]” They listen with acuteness and speak with determination. They have all qualities to become great leaders which can be seen from the passion in their eyes.

J.E. Rash, President and Founder of Legacy International, gives a lecture on leadership.

J.E. Rash, President and Founder of Legacy International, gives a lecture on leadership.

With a busy schedule and long travels, the TechGirls have continuously worked hard and under very humid conditions for that matter! The hot humid weather was relentless for the first week but several TechGirls have cleverly made ice cream a staple commodity to stay cool! They enjoy other American favorites such as pizza, pasta, burgers, and look forward to eating at McDonald’s.

In addition to the hot weather, another highlight of the first week of the TechGirls program was volunteering with Alive! Inc. The TechGirls helped to bag food for the elderly and others in need on Saturday morning. The experience proved to be very rewarding and the girls were happy to see the effects of their volunteerism.

TechGirls volunteer with Alive! Inc.. bagging and transporting food for those less fortunate.

TechGirls volunteer with Alive! Inc.. bagging and transporting food for those less fortunate.

Louise Anderson debriefs with TechGirls.

Louise Anderson debriefs with TechGirls.

Currently the TechGirls are at Towson University in Towson, Maryland for a full week of technology camp where they will learn how to code and create games among other things. At the end of the week, their next stop will be New York City for more workshops and meetings with technology professionals.

Time is moving quickly and it won’t be long before the “clock strikes 12.” While no on can say how this fairytale will end, it is the hope that the dreams of these brave 27 girls will continue and grow into something even greater. This is only the beginning and Legacy International and TechGirl Staff will continue to do everything to keep each TechGirl dream alive.

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