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Make a donation.
Give to the Safer World Fund, or choose a specific project from the list below. The Fund will be allocated amongst these projects.

Offer additional matching funds.From time to time, the Fund's managers and others may offer challenge grants to help specific projects meet their goals. If you would like to propose a challenge and offer matching funds to a specific project or the Fund, please contact us.

Consider Starting a Giving Circle.
We encourage forming Giving Circles to support one or more of the Fund's projects, or similar projects. Financial support may be available. Create a Giving Circle and apply for a start-up grant. (opens in a new window)

Other ideas?
Do you have another project you want to support that is in line with the Fund's objectives? Want to contribute to the Fund's objectives in some other way? Please contact us.

Other projects?
Many other worthwhile projects through the developing world fall wtihin the Fund's objectives but are not currently supported by the Fund. See all of the projects on GlobalGiving.

Who is running this fund?

Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Educating females is the best way to accelerate equality in society for women and girls. Education provides opportunity, improves self- confidence and gives the ability to advocate for oneself. We provide fast track classes in literacy, mobile literacy (learning through texting), tailoring, computing, English and other subjects to thousands of women and girls. Many of our students are are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), deprived of education and eager to catch up with their peers.
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
In Afghanistan, we run medical clinics, mobile units and Community Health Worker posts reaching 16,000 patients (65-70% female) each month in rural or poor urban areas. These clinic services are the only medical option for tens of thousands of people, providing treatment for injury and illness, preventive care, health education, reproductive health care, vaccinations and nutrition services. Only healthy people can work or study and properly take care of their families.
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate 3000 Women
Aid Afghanistan for Education has 9 schools in 5 provinces that provide accelerated education for 3000+ marginalized women and girls. Most of our students cannot access public schools because they are widows, returned refugees, mothers, or former child brides. We're working with the Ministry of Education to make sure all women and girls, no matter their age or marital status, can access education. Since 2007, more than 2000 women have graduated with a state-certified high school diploma.
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help us support education for 28,000+ girls at 12 schools in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Since 2003, we have worked to build, repair and supply these schools, train teachers and improve the curriculum. High priority needs for 2019 include computer literacy training, computer equipment, desks, literacy programs, salaries for 2 Afghan women who are Sahar's liaisons with schools, teacher education and maintenance of roofs, drainage systems and security.
Vocational Training for 5,000 Women in Pakistan
Pakistan is ranked second to last worldwide in terms of women engaged in the workforce. Gaining support of male family members, MDF provides young women with training to learn entrepreneurial skills to start or grow businesses so that they may send their children to school, and lift their families out of poverty.

Who is running this fund?

Joyce Manchester directs the Long-Term Modeling Group at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC, and is the former secretary of the governing board for Our Voices Together. She and her husband, David Stapleton, support education for boys and especially girls in Afghanistan through The Afghan Education Giving Circle of Northern Virginia. Friends Leslie Whittington and Charles Falkenberg, along with their daughters Zoe and Dana, were passengers on American Flight 77.

David Stapleton is the director of the Center for Studying Disability Policy at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., in Washington, DC, and a former board member of Our Voices Together. He and his wife, Joyce Manchester, founded and lead The Afghan Education Giving Circle of Northern Virginia which funds school projects in Afghanistan. Friends Leslie Whittington and Charles Falkenberg, along with their daughters, Zoe and Dana, were passengers on American Flight 77.

Gene Steuerle is Vice President with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, and as co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint effort of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. On September 11, 2001, Gene's wife Norma was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which was flown into the Pentagon. In the days following the 9/11 attacks, individuals around the world responded with an outpouring of goodwill toward the families who had lost loved ones and with widespread solidarity against terrorist tactics. This spirit of community and the feeling that these families had a voice that could be used for compassion motivated Gene and his daughters to donate the money they received from the federal Victim Compensation Fund to start two charities, the Alexandria Community Trust and Our Voices Together (now merged with Americans for Informed Democracy). Gene has reached out to numerous families and friends who also lost loved ones to terrorism and is expanding his vision to include the Safer World Fund – philanthropy intended to thwart the terrorists' intent by building positive change in vulnerable countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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