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The genesis of our NGO, A Butterfly Institute of Development & Excellence (ABIDE), emerged from the collective desire to rewrite the narratives of young women transitioning from the often tumultuous child welfare system into the arms of society.

Our story began in 2005, sparked by a diverse group of educators, social workers, and community leaders who rallied around a shared vision. 

 From the outset, our commitment was clear: to provide not just assistance, but genuine empowerment. Holistic education became the cornerstone of our approach, recognizing that nurturing the mind, body, and spirit is paramount to breaking the cycle of adversity. We believed that every young woman deserved access to academic, vocational, and life skills education that would be the key to unlocking her true potential.

As we grew, so did our understanding of the unique needs and challenges these young women faced. Our support system evolved to encompass counseling, therapy, and mentorship, recognizing that emotional healing was as crucial as the acquisition of practical skills. The transformation was not only academic but deeply personal—a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

The ripple effect of ABIDE reached beyond education and emotional support. We recognized that securing a stable foundation for these young women meant addressing the practical aspects of their transition. We embarked on a mission to assist with job placements and secure housing, ensuring a seamless transition into self-sufficient adulthood.

Our history is one of collective dedication, resilience, and the unwavering belief that every young woman deserves a chance at a hopeful future. Today, as we reflect on the countless success stories and the lives touched by our mission, we continue to forge ahead, driven by the vision of a society where no young woman is left to navigate the journey to adulthood alone.

ABIDE stands as a testament to the transformative power of compassion, education and pooled resources.

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