As you may know, when a Jewish child turns 13, they a have a special celebration called a Bat Mitzvah. Bat Mitzvah is when you become a “child of the torah.” On this day you read from the Torah. Leading up to this day you have to do many, many things to prepare. Study your portion, go to at least 18 temple services, plan the after party (obviously), and, most important, choose a Mitzvah project.
You may be wondering, what’s a Mitzvah? Well, to answer your question, Mitzvah in Hebrew is favor, but it also means responsibility. The Mitzvah project is a project you do to help others, not just yourself. By completing a Mitzvah project, I am honoring my responsibility to help others.
At first, I had several ideas for my Mitzvah project, but none inspired me. When my mom started working with Girls Supporting Girls I knew I wanted to be part of it. I wanted to make Girls Supporting Girls part of my Mitzvah project. I had already seen Girl Rising with my mom. I loved it. It was just so amazing to see girls from different developing countries not being able to go to school but still working through it, being strong, and learning to live with so much less. I had always thought everyone was able to go to school, but after seeing Girl Rising, I realized that many girls don’t even have school. I know I am lucky to be learning about crystals and minerals and reading books! Some girls aren’t even allowed to go school or don’t have the money to even learn how to multiply 2 and 2!
I was so excited when my mom told me about GSG. Girls Supporting Girls is an organization helping girls in developing countries learn, read, write and mostly, go to school. They are working with Room To Read to build a whole entire school in Cambodia! I recently went to a meeting and we talked about the unfairness of girls rights. After all this talking and discussing, I immediately knew what my new Mitzvah project was going to be. I could not wait to get started! The next day my mom and I checked about Booktober, an event that Room To Read was hosting. There were different rewards for different amounts of donations. $10: 10 books for a girl. $25: new school uniforms for 4 kids who can’t go to school. $50: A bicycle for a student to ride to and from school safely. $100: 4 library shelves filled with books and finally $250: Can send a child to school for a whole entire year. Now, I have my goal. Before my Bat Mitzvah, next year, I want to send 4 girls to school. That’s $1,000! I know my Bat Mitzvah project may not be easy, but it will change the lives of 4 girls… girls just like me! You can help me with my Mitzvah project right now. Just click on the ‘Support Us’ tab above and look for Rebecca and Lulu Daly’s page!