Dear Girls Ed Supporters,
Thank you for your continuing support. We were especially excited to be able to share with the girls the overwhelming number of you who responded with new and increased donations after the attack on Malala Yousafzai; a clear signal to them that we will continue to support their courageous endeavors to move themselves and their communities forward. Although her road to recovery will be long, Malala's strong spirit is apparent in her continually improving condition.
We are happy to report that the girls in Laphi and Sar Kalan have experienced no threats to or interference in their studies. Further, as our local contact, Bedari, reports, "[A]n overwhelming majority of the people of Pakistan is in favor of girls education and has condemned the cowardly attack on Malala." Unfortunately, educating girls in countries like Pakistan remains a challenge in overcoming pre-established norms and cultural bias. Mainstream education of girls is not likely to occur anytime in the near future.
With your support, though, Girls Ed will continue to provide assistance to those families in Pakistan that see the value of an education for all of their children, male or female. We will help to provide the economic resources not available to girls through the Pakistani government so that they can attain a better future for themselves and their communities.
Loni Riley, Board Member GEI
Dear Girls Ed Pakistan Project Supporters,
I am happy to report that the girls continue to prosper in their studies. In a recent update from our local contact in Pakistan, Bedari, we learned that all of the girls passed their annual exams at the end of this past school semester! Each of them has now advanced to the next grade, two of them having graduated.
Bedari continues to make sure that the girls receive a well-rounded education through regular monthly meetings in which they are guided through discussions on such topics as health and hygiene, communication skills, and gender issues. Each of these are subjects that for cultural reasons would typically not be part of a formal education, but are all so very vital to the true success of these girls as they strive for a better future. Bedari reports that the girls have come to look forward to these meetings and are active participants.
We look forward to sharing with you in our next project update profiles of some of the girls as they have progressed through the program. Your continued support is truly changing lives!
I am happy to report that our 30 students continue to progress in their academic pursuits; thanks to you! With your continued support, we fully expect to see each of them successfully through to the completion of her studies.
The benefits of an education for girls in Pakistan is immense and we continue to receive requests to sponsor additional students. As funding comes in, we will do our best to reach more and more girls bringing to their communities hope for a better future.
Thank you again!
Dear Girls Ed Pakistan project supporters,
Thank you for your assistance in helping our 30 girls in Pakistan continue their secondary education. Through your generosity we have almost reached our funding goal for this project--just a few more donations and we will be over the top!
Our local partner in Pakistan, Bedari, shared in their fall newsletter just how instrumental your funding assistance has been in the education, and thereby the future for these 30 girls and their communities. Without financial support for tuition, books, and uniforms, as well as necessary transport from the remote villages of Laphi and Sarkalan to the nearest secondary school 10 kilometers away, most of these girls would not be able to continue their studies. Safeer Ullah Khan of Bedari reminds us of the unfortunate reality for girls growing up without an education in Pakistan -- "These girls neither have a great childhood nor can they have high hopes about their future... They are extremely vulnerable to child labor and teenage marriages."
However, because of the generous support of people like you, the reality for these girls, as well as for Laphi and Sarkalan, is much more promising. As one local community member proudly points out-- "[T]hese two small villages will soon have 30 educated families."
Thank you again for your invaluable assistance and best wishes in the New Year!
Hello Girls Education International supporters!
It's back to school time, and we have sent the funds YOU helped raise to Bedari, our partner agency in Pakistan, to enroll our 30 girls in school for the new school year. Thank you to all of you for making this possible!
EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THIS PROJECT!
Girls Education International is one of only eight organizations to be selected by GlobalGiving to be part of their Safer World Fund Campaign this month! The Safer World Fund will provide a 50% match of any donation up to $2000 made to our Pakistan project beginning on Sunday, September 11 until we reach our maximum match of $15,000 or until their $50,000 runs out. LET'S PUT THIS PROJECT OVER THE TOP AND FUND IT THROUGH 2012!
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