Courtesy Photo.  From left to right: Ikran, age 16, Amal, age 17, and Fardowza, age 17
Courtesy Photo. From left to right: Ikran, age 16, Amal, age 17, and Fardowza, age 17
For a week in July, a group of young East African women experienced the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for the first time, during a four-night, five-day canoe trip. The young women paddled 39 miles, and carried 80-pound canoes on their shoulders and 50-pound packs on their backs. 

The trip was hosted by Sisterhood Boutique, a gently used clothing store in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis that doubles as a youth program. Its mission is to support East African young women through mentorship, job training, and leadership development opportunities, including this third annual trip to the Boundary Waters. 

The expeditions are meant to introduce youth to the outdoors and to teach them how to be independent in the wilderness. Youth learn technical skills — such as how to set up a tent, purify water, cook and clean outside, and how to paddle a canoe — while enhancing their communication and leadership skills, and pushing themselves to new limits. 

Details: http://www.sisterhoodmn.org