Political unrest in both Afghanistan and Pakistan has been in the news lately. Who will be the next president of Afghanistan remains unresolved several months after the election, and young people involved in uprisings in Pakistan express deep unhappiness with that country’s leaders. We want the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan to resolve their political disputes, but how can they best prepare to be open to compromise and appreciate different political views?
As you know, The Safer World Fund supports a number of nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in education, health care, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. Investing in girls will help open opportunities for communities to live in peace with possibilities for all. An educated woman teaches her family to respect different points of view. Check out these amazing stories and updates from the nonprofits benefiting from your generous donations:
Education may seem like a simple action in a nation ravaged by war for the last several decades, but we have seen tremendous change in the status of girls and women. Providing quality education experiences is about more than just getting more girls into the classroom; it is about empowering them to be free, creative thinkers who can engage in the public discussion of their country’s culture and politics and be respected and heard.
Every day your support is allowing the Afghan Institute of Learning to make a huge impact on the lives of the women and girls who come to our learning centers. Every student is unique, and skills that students have before starting classes vary greatly, as do the goals of each woman. Some come to the center to learn to read, write or sew. Others come to learn math, computers, physics, or chemistry.
Thank you for being a supporter of the promising opportunities an education provides for girls and boys around the world. And starting September 1st, all contributions to The Safer World Fund, and the projects that comprise it, are matched 50 percent, giving an extra boost to the impact your contributions will have.
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Violence against girls seeking an education has recently been brought to the world stage. Last month, more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from school by a terrorist organization called Boko Haram, and earlier this year Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school girl who was shot for pursuing an education, made the cover of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People of 2013" issue. It is becoming increasingly apparent to the western world that girls will overcome any obstacle to educate themselves if given the opportunity.
As you know, The Safer World Fund supports a number of nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in health, education, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. Investing in girls will help open opportunities for communities to live in peace and fulfillment. An educated woman teaches her sons to love educated girls. Check out these amazing stories and updates from the nonprofits benefiting from your generous donations:
“On a recent visit in the villages of Thatta where Sughar operates, it warmed my heart to see the way women interacted more freely, more powerfully and more joyously about their lives and their needs. The “man-free” space of this “Hub” has given them the liberty, for at least a few hours, to gossip, laugh, and whisper to each other about things they otherwise wouldn’t talk about.” -Khalida Brohi, Founder/Executive Director of Sughar.
Fariba is a 30-year old mother. She could not go to school as a child because she was a refugee during the war. She enrolled in one of the Afghan Institute of Learnning’s mobile literacy courses and is close to graduating from the class. She says, “I can read books and magazines now when I couldn’t a few months ago. I write some topics now, when before the class I couldn’t even write the alphabet’s letters. I know all of us are improving day by day. This is an excellent class.”
“I have some education now. I know how a young woman should live. I have dreams. Nothing stops me from wanting to be a doctor or teacher. I just want a building to go to school in. I am so happy it is coming. Right now we are in a temporary site. Forget all this talk about the Taliban coming back. Just focus on studying. We need female teachers and better study materials," said one brave girl going to school in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.
When Awatif was just 13, her marriage was arranged and her future, already written, until your generous donations created a scholarship for her to go to school. She worked hard, moved in with her grandparents so she could walk to class, and graduated college. Awatif is now 20 years old and just landed an impressive job teaching adult literacy with an NGO in her town.
Thank you for being a supporter of the endless possibilities an education provides for girls around the world.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently stated: "There can be no peace without development … no development without peace." With that in mind, each one of us should be hustling to promote development in Central Asia, where both Afghanistan and Pakistan remain among the least developed countries in the world. According to the United Nation’s Human Development Index using data from 2012, Pakistan ranks #146 and Afghanistan ranks #175 out of 187 countries in the Index.
The Safer World Fund supports a few hand-picked nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in health, education, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. As you can see from the list of nonprofits below, many girls are going to school, many women are being trained, and many people are receiving health care as the result of your contributions. Those investments in girls and boys, women and men, will help open opportunities for living in peace and fulfillment.
Even though the matching funds are now depleted, there remains much important work to be done. Please consider a donation to The Safer World Fund or a gift card for your best friend’s birthday, your niece’s graduation from college, or some other special occasion this spring. And please find an opportunity to talk with your family, neighbors, and friends about the key role of development in promoting peace.
We are thrilled that Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was awarded the Opus Prize on November 13. The Opus Prize honors unsung heroes for their entrepreneurial spirit as they address today's most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice. The prize is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Yacoobi’s life work and the life-changing work of the Afghan Institute of Learning, one of the projects that you support with contributions to The Safer World Fund.
Like other nonprofits in the Safer World Fund, Dr. Yacoobi’s Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL) believes that educated people are the key to success for Afghanistan. With that in mind, AIL works to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed by expanding their education and health opportunities and by fostering self-reliance and community participation.
***On Tues, Dec 3, take advantage of two matching programs to help the AIL project Send 30 Girls in Pakistan to School. MicroSoft YouthSpark will match donations up to $1000 at 100 percent, plus the 50 percent match from the Safer World Fund will apply. The Ayni Education International project Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan also qualifies for the two matching programs!
***This year for the holidays, why not honor a family member or friend with a gift card from Global Giving and tell them about the important work of the Afghan Institute of Learning and all the other great projects in The Safer World Fund? Don’t forget that we continue to match 50 cents on the dollar for donations up to $2000!
Ten terrific projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan are helping the next generation learn about becoming productive world citizens.
And starting today, your support will be matched at 50% to make a bigger impact as long as matching funds last.
From “Send 30 Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Programs” to “Sughar—Giving Women Wings in Pakistan,” we have added four new projects to six existing ones that will all be a part of the Safer World Fund going forward. See the complete list here. And remember: the Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50% while funds last. Please get your donations in early!
Your support provides education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially for girls and women, at this critical time. The 12th anniversary of September 11th reminds us that investment in young people today lays the foundation for a peaceful society tomorrow. And please, talk up The Safer World Fund with your friends!
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