Educate Girls Now was inspired by the 2013 film Girl Rising, and Zarghuna Karghar’s book Dear Zari (2012), to help ensure that all Afghan girls and boys have access to an education. As is said by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in Girl Rising, “Educating young girls is one of the wisest investments of our time. Educating young girls not only prevents early marriage and childbirth-related deaths, but also prepares girls to find jobs and take their places as informed global citizens, contributing to solutions in an ever-changing world.”
When families cannot afford food, children do not go to school. When families cannot afford food, girls may be married off at a young age; which puts them at a critically high risk for domestic violence and childbearing-related morbidities. For a mere $60 a month, an entire Afghan family can be fed. Educate Girls Now provides needy Afghan families with the money for food and fuel in exchange for sending all their children to school. Our only condition being that the girls, as well as the boys, must continue to be instructed.
The project has entered its fifth year of implementation. The Global 500 Environmental Forum, Zarghuna Karghar, and Afghan BBC representatives choose the families most in need. They closely monitor the families, to ensure that they are cared for and that the girls complete the school year. Each family has been given a cell phone, and are in touch with the Educate Girls Now ground team in Afghanistan, who visit them monthly.
This year Educate Girls Now has expanded service to the widows that were featured in the BBC documentary, “The War Wives of Afghanistan”; these families were perilously close to the edge, but all of our families are in dire need. Each year we are committed to helping families stay together and thrive, and providing an education for approximately 91 children. In 2016, we saved 11 girls, under the age of 12, from marriage.
Our goal is to continue a stable flow of support, and to establish a reliable presence that contributes to positive social change within the wider community. During the winter, vegetables and fruit are at a minimum. Educate Girls Now provides diet staples such as flour, beans, canned tomatoes, sugar, oil and green tea. Without your help, most of these families would survive solely on bread.
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