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Feb 2, 2016

Distribution of Water, Blankets and Food

Kainat giving food supplies to an orphan
Kainat giving food supplies to an orphan

Kainat was one of the first Dawood Global Foundation "Educate a Girl" recipients in Pakistan the year she had been shot alongside Malala Yousafzai in the assassination attempt.  Funding had been given for her schooling and today she is studying in the UK sponsored by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Browne.

She was visiting her hometown of Swat this winter when not one but two earthquakes hit.  In coordination with Dawood Gloabl Foundation and with the support of donors such as yourselves and even Global Giving itself, funds were raised to send 875 blankets, 700 bottles of water and 42 boxes of biscuits to earthquake relief areas. Kainat, along with her parents and brother distributed these supplies in her home of Minghas Swat, as well as went to four neighbouring towns - Malok Abad, Odigram, Faiza Abad, Saidu Sharif, and Kokarai - to ensure the most vulnerable of those affected by the earthquake - widows, orphans and vulnerable women - received these supplies.  

She ensured full documentation and photography of this whole process and there are currently two albums on facebook detailing this journey.

Thank you all for your support.  These are still areas with great need so please do spread the word and join us in helping those most vulnerable.

Bales of Blankets en route
Bales of Blankets en route
Kainats Dad handing a blanket to an orphan
Kainats Dad handing a blanket to an orphan
Kainat's brother handing blankets/water to a widow
Kainat's brother handing blankets/water to a widow
Kainat handing over biscuits and food to a widow
Kainat handing over biscuits and food to a widow
Kainat giving food supplies to an orphan
Kainat giving food supplies to an orphan
Jan 4, 2016

Teddy Bear distribution at Aisha Tara School

Some of the little girls
Some of the little girls

Haiya, 6, goes to school every day in a shared classroom with boys and girls of different ages.  They learn together and everyone is really nice.

"I like my school," says Haiya, "I have many friends." 15 children fit in each room, sitting on the floor, with low tables, and learn.

"Say thank you,' teacher Zeynab tells Haiya as she is gifted a teddy bear.

"Thank you sooooo much,' says Haiya, "bohat shuriya."

"What a pretty hair style you have," I say, "I think I'm going to make it too."

Haiya smiles as she cuddles teddy.  Today, has been a nice day and she has something to love

 

36 children were gifted teddies on this occasion, 3 also got storybooks and boxes of chocolate.  There are 84 children studying at Aisha Tariq School, all very deserving and in need, many with special needs.  Please do spread the word and help us give each child something to cuddle and love.

Some of the children with their bears
Some of the children with their bears
Some more kids with bears
Some more kids with bears
Presenting a teddy to Joshua
Presenting a teddy to Joshua
Presenting a teddy to Haiya
Presenting a teddy to Haiya
Jan 4, 2016

"He Named Me Malala" screening in Nigeria

Onyeka
Onyeka

"I am Onyeka and I lost my parents and family last July," states the hopeful Nigerian girl whose life was changed forever by the Boko Haram, "I'm sharing my story to inspire every other person listening to me."

Educate a Girl Nigeria screened the film "He Named Me Malala" at Silverbird Galleria cinemas, Lagos.  113 deserving Nigerian girls from across the nation - some coming 10 hours by bus - attending the screening, which featured scenes of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousufzai meeting with the Nigerian President. When Nigeria came onscreen, the crowd cheered on Malala and urged loudly to the President to listen to her.

At the end of the film, the Educate a Girl team invited different girls in the audience to come to the front and share "Why I love to be educated,"  Their personal stories were truly inspiring and it was an honour to hear them.  It was a celebration of their voices and the unlimited, untold power of their dreams and desire to be heard.

A handful of VIPs were invited to the screening including Documentary Filmmaker Oladele Onasanya, poet Juliet Kego, and 5 representatives of Young President's Organization, the leading global organization for young presidents of big corporations. Although the capacity of the cinema was 110, girls filled the aisles and the wonderful cinema permitted a full house with girls seating in the aisles.  

The girls were treated as special as they are, first enjoying a red carpet where they held props like "Malala Yousufzai rocks," before being escorted into the cinema hall. They were served at their seats popcorn and drinks and for manynjj girls, it was their first experience watching a movie in a theatre.  Prizes were given to girls who shared their stories after the screening.

When Onyeka and others shared their personal stories, and how they leaned on Malala's strength, it was truly one of the most moving moments of our journey as a foundation, as Educate a Girl.

Thank you, GlobalGiving, Participant Media and MalalaFund, for making this possible.

Amarachi on what the film means to her
Amarachi on what the film means to her
Audience shot
Audience shot
Girls in the cinema
Girls in the cinema

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