Anissa, left, and her daughter (AAE)
Thanks to all for your support since 2008. I am pleased to tell you that the Safer World Fund has almost reached $1 million - providing opportunities to people in some of the poorest areas of the world and discouraging terrorism along the way!
From the beginning, the Safer World Fund has recognized that educating women is one of the best ways to make lasting change in a community, especially one at risk. Educated women are more likely to educate and vaccinate their children, increase their incomes, and lift their families out of extreme poverty. By educating girls and women, their families become more stable and thus reduce the likelihood of terrorist activity in their communities.
Here are a couple of Safer World Fund projects in action in Afghanistan and Pakistan:
Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) runs 13 schools in 9 provinces across Afghanistan. Through an agreement with the government, AAE can issue state-certified diplomas that allow students to go on to university. After the age of 10, students who have left school are generally not allowed to re-enter the public school system. Older girls and women who may have left school because of war or early marriage have few options besides AAE. During the most recent graduation in Kabul, AAE celebrated Anissa, a 45-year-old mother of 9 children, all of whom have gone on to law and medical schools. Anissa decided she wanted to return to school herself and graduated from AAE in December. Now, she’s attending a private law university near Kabul. Anissa’s proud family attended her graduation. Her daughter said, “I am very emotional to see my mother continue her education. She has always been the center of our lives, helping us to move forward and achieve what we all have. I am very happy today.”
The Marshall Direct Fund provides vocational training to nearly 1,000 women in Pakistan and has helped them develop tools necessary to launch businesses, generate income, send their children to school, and lift themselves out of poverty. Education in Pakistan is crucial, not only for increasing human development but also because uneducated, impoverished youth are among the most vulnerable to be recruited by the Taliban, still semi-active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Please help the Safer World Fund reach $1 million to provide alternatives to terrorism. Give today and get your donation matched for projects that support youth and community development. Pick the project closest to your heart and provide alternatives to a lifetime of poverty and despair.