GTG make documentaries that highlight exemplar organizations run by women highlighting their strengths and the challenges they have overcome.

Why is it important to highlight these stories?

Highlighting these success stories is an opportunity to change how people think about the world of development and raise awareness on crucial issues. The films are edited into twenty minute documentaries which are used both to build awareness and highlight positive deviance in the nonprofit sector.

Girls Thinking Global knows how important the health and happiness of adolescent girls are to a better society, and that there are women and girls all over the world who are changing lives for the better. They are implementing sustainable, community-drivien programs to drive impact and create change for adolescent girls globally - giving them better opportunities for education, access to health care, and forming the female leaders of the future.

Girls Thinking Global is highlighting these women, girls, and organizations who are exemplars in the field to show what is possible when culturally sensitive, sustainable practices are put into place. Girls are changing the world, and we want to bring you their stories.

The Heart of Everything

Jungle Mamas: Changemakers in the Amazon

Girls Thinking Global's first documentary features Jungle Mamas, a program working with girls and women in the Ecuadorian Amazon

What does Jungle Mamas do?

The Achuar call the Jungle Mamas program Ikiama Nukuri which translates to "Women as Keepers of the Forest". The health and well-being of mothers and newborns is directly connected to the well-being of communities and forests. Thus, the mission of the Jungle Mamas Program is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by empowering women and communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon to ensure safe births, the health, and well-being of the Achuar nation. To learn more, click here.

Why is Jungle Mamas important?

Jungle Mamas is an exemplary organization showing how women are using community driven practice to make impact. Through a collective vision, both women and men of the Achuar nation dreamt into existence, Jungle Mamas, whose goal is to combine the best traditions and practices of midwifery and obstetrics from the western world while simultaneously valuing the best practices of Achuar motherhood in effort to save the lives at birth of mothers and newborns.  It is through the collaboration of men and women that the Achuar have been able to help one another and therefore ensure the health and well-being of their people and therefore the Amazon Rainforest.  Girls Thinking Global has chosen Jungle Mamas as their first documentary as we believe they are an exemplar in the field of using sustainable, culturally relevant practice to empower women and girls. 

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The Team

Bobbie Baird - Director

Bobbie Baird is a film director, cinematographer, and editor who fell in love with stories while growing up in the small towns of West Texas. Prior to filmmaking, Bobbie worked for Texas Instruments for 25 years, most recently as a Vice President in the Education Technology Group, where she established and grew businesses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She successfully led global teams and organizations with diverse cultures. She lived in South America, France, and China and has traveled to over 40 different countries for business and personal reasons.

Since retiring from TI in 2012, she has been making award-winning, independent short documentaries that tell stories about simple people quietly doing extraordinary things. Her first film, A Quiet Strength, has screened at six festivals, receiving Best of Festival jury and audience awards along the way. It is available to view on Roku’s Olive Tree Picture channel. Her second film, Seventh Sense, was picked up by Sky Network’s Horse & Country channel in 2014, airing in nine European countries.


Terry Medalen - Producer

Terry Medalen has decades of experience in film education and has produced hundreds of short films for philanthropic, corporate, and education-focused organizations worldwide. As a film educator, in 1993 Terry established the first high school–based film school in North Carolina, and he initiated and taught popular film courses for gifted students from around the globe through Duke University’s Talent Identification Program and Chapman University. 

Terry is co-director of Medalen and Associates, a media-creation company that produces still and moving image content, as well as marketing and promotional copy, brand ideation, reportage, and documentation for clients such as Pearson and the Pearson Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, Red Bull and Red Bull Media House, and Dolby Laboratories.