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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Dec 29, 2015

A Whole New World

Blind and handicapable girls
Blind and handicapable girls

Seema, 18, has been blind since she was 5. She goes to a special school for the blind, but usually doesn't interact very often with girls her age who are not blind.

"This ceremony is so much fun," she tells us, her voice youthful and buoyant, almost like a young child, "It's worth waiting for my turn as this is a treat for us."

A scholarship winner, Seema has earned her spot in the Educate a Girl Pakistan programme based on merit and her passion to communicate, but the amount with which she is enjoying the Award ceremony makes her win a real treat for all of us!

It's an emotional day, at the same time, especially as the girls are escorted to receive their certificate and their vulnerability is paramount and their courage truly inspiring.

"Today, is just the start," adds Seema.  "I'm a winner today, but of an opportunity. The real work and the real opportunity starts once I start my course!"

Thank you, Donors, so much for enabling us to transform the lives of girls like Seema.  We could not be doing with without you.

Please do spread the word. We have 115 more Educate a Girl scholarships to fund in Pakistan.

Dec 21, 2015

Teddy Bear love

Pakistani child general
Pakistani child general

Aya*, just 5, was struggling with understanding school topics that seemed easy to her classmates and friends.  When her parents put her in a special needs school, she loved the special attention, but found it difficult to make new friends.

"Kids seemed nice, but I was scared," shares Aya, "I didn't want to say Hi first. What if they didn't like me?"  It was overwhelming enough moving to a new school and Aya was fearful if she didn't do well here, her parents would move her again.

When we gave her a little teddy bear, she squeeled. Yes, she squeeled.  Here was someone for her to love. For her to spoil. For her to take to school with her. Maybe, teddy could say Hello on her behalf and make friends.

Thank you to a wonderful donors for helping us make Aya smile, and other deserving special needs children like her.

We are making our next gift day December 25th, 2015, the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam and Christmas Day.

 

 

* name changed

Teddy Bears
Teddy Bears
Gift pack
Gift pack
 
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