"We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Right now, in an undeveloped country, a girl is trekking miles to fetch water; another girl is preparing to become a wife at a young age, and a girl is becoming a mother in her pre-teen years. The reasons? The area she is born into provides no opportunity for girls to advance, and age-old traditions still view women and girls as second class citizens–all of which restrict her future and determine the road she will travel in life. October 11th marks the UN Observance of International Day of the Girl. A day to shine a light on the basic human rights that all girls should have, no matter where they are born, or what conditions they are born in to.
What if I told you that your gift could change the story for these marginalized young girls? Your simple decision to give the gift of education in honor of a friend’s birthday will change the trajectory of her fated path. Diana, from the Kibera Slum community in Kenya, was one of those young girls. Her father abandoned the family when she was a baby, leaving her mother to provide for the family. Her mother toiled 12 hour days doing menial jobs to support Diana and her younger sister; barely making enough to survive. Until one day, the opportunity for Diana–who dreamed of attending school to become a doctor–became a reality, because people decided to gift through our catalog and support educating girls in Kenya.
Diana aimed to return to her community to serve its healthcare needs. Through your gifts, she was able to receive her high school diploma and was set on a path to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. Without someone caring, her life story could be very different. One gift at a time, we are rewriting stories, and empowering girls so they have a voice; freeing them to make their own decision of when to marry or bear children. Today, on Day of the Girl Child, I want to encourage you to honor a remarkable woman or girl in your life by giving an alternative gift to lift another girl or woman to a higher plateau.
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