Today, October 7, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. We’re marking this moment by thanking you for supporting grassroots development, education, and medical work in Afghanistan and Pakistan through the Safer World Fund.
We are grateful for your support, and we can assure you that your donations, (which have been matched at 50% if you gave on or after September 11, 2011) will soon be put to work through important projects like this one:
Expand And Supply A School For 3,000+ Afghan Girls is a project run by Ayni Education International. Some of the Safer World Funds will outfit a new school building with desks, fans, and other necessary supplies in order to serve the nearly 4,000 girls who will now have a chance to learn.
Recently, the founder of Ayni Education International asked one girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. The girl’s answer was remarkable; “A doctor, of course.”
Thank you for giving these girls the opportunity to learn and thrive in Afghanistan. After all, many of these girls will someday become mothers, and we believe that educated, healthy mothers are more likely to raise sons who will build rather than destroy.
Thank you again for your generosity.
p.s. would you please consider telling a friend about the Safer World Fund today? We’re still matching all donations at 50%, allowing your money to go even further towards peace-building efforts in the Middle East.
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the events of 9/11 took place in 2001. That day’s events still weigh heavily on our hearts and minds as we remember loved ones lost. Despite those sentiments, however, the Safer World Fund was created as a way to make a positive statement about what September 11th means to people, break down the extremism and fear on which terrorism survives, and help provide education and health care to those who need it.
This year, the Safer World Fund will be supporting a group of highly effective projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan that focus on providing schooling and health care for the Afghan and Pakistani citizens, with a particular focus on women and girls. And starting September 11, 2011, there are $50,000 of matching funds available to the Safer World Fund and each of its beneficiary projects on GlobalGiving. Donations to any of those projects will be matched at 50% until funds are depleted, with a $1,000 matching limit per donor per project, and a $15,000 matching limit per project overall. You can view all participating projects and matching funds remaining here: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/safer-world.
Please join us in creating opportunities for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We think the stability and prosperity of these countries, and the security of our own, depend on it.
Be sure to take advantage of Bonus Day, the Ides of June! The second Bonus Day of the year is coming up quickly. On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be matching all donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project while funds last. There will be $75,000 available in matching funds. Plan to donate online to The Safer World Fund early in the day, as the matching funds may be gone well before sunset.
Next week I will meet with the leader of Ayni Education International to talk about her efforts to build and equip a new school for 3700 girls in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. She was recently in Mazar to check in with several of her other schools and their teachers, students, and communities. I always become reinvigorated about promoting The Safer World Fund when she talks about how important it is to offer education, skills and healthcare to people, and especially women and girls, in Afghanistan. Healthy people who can make informed decisions have the best shot at making their lives and their government better. That's why the Safer World Fund supports six projects that focus on schools, training facilities, and medical clinics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please help provide opportunities so that women and girls as well as men and boys can look forward to a brighter future.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the matching campaign for the Safer World Fund this fall! The matching funds disappeared in record time, and your contributions are now improving the lives of women, men and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A new nonprofit joined Global Giving in October, and we are pleased to include Ayni Education International in the Safer World Fund. Ayni's project involves building a school for 3,700 Afghan girls and providing educational supplies for those students and teachers. Through Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, funds from the matching campaign are providing food and medical services to flood victims in Pakistan. Funds from the matching campaign will also support several projects under the Afghan Institute of Learning as well as a project that offers training in job skills for women in Afghanistan under Women for Women International.
Looking forward, we see many additional opportunities to invest in the lives of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please keep our projects in mind as you enjoy the holiday season and the new year ahead.
We are thrilled to offer a 1-for-1 match for all donations up to $2500 starting on September 11, 2010, until the matching funds are gone. Donations to the Safer World Fund or any of the projects it comprises will be matched. In addition, we have decided to focus on projects that specifically target education and/or healthcare for women and girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
After reading Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, we are even more convinced that providing opportunities for women and girls to acquire education and receive healthcare will lead to a brighter future for people in those two countries.
We have also included a couple of projects that provide support to people suffering from the aftermath of the floods in Pakistan because we believe that the response to that disaster has not been as strong as the responses to other recent natural disasters.
Please help us support the highly effective projects in the Safer World Fund, and take advantage of the 1-for-1 match while it lasts.
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