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The Time is Now to Help Girls Get to School Safely in Afghanistan

schoolbusphotoFor a girl living in Afghanistan, going to school can be dangerous. In early November 2008, two men on motorcycles sprayed acid into the faces of girls as they walked to school, causing serious injury. Once apprehended, the two Taliban members admitted that the attack was in protest of girls’ education.

In an effort to prevent further attacks, two reporters from the New York Times created the Safe Ride to School program. Pulitzer Prize winner, Dexter Filkins, and an Afghan colleague raised enough money to purchase a school bus and hire a driver. Since 2010, the Safe Ride to School program has provided safe passage to girls attending Mirwais Mena School in Afghanistan.

Now, five years later, the bus is breaking down. The loss of this program will force many girls to drop out of school. Thankfully, two buses are available for purchase. With funds raised from donors like you, the program can continue to provide safe passage to school for young Afghan girls. The time is now. These young women, so eager to better themselves, need our help.

“It’s hard for me to think of a more worthwhile cause than helping the girls at the Mirwais Mena School in Afghanistan,” says Filkins. “Remarkably, the Mirwais Mena school did not close, as so many similar schools, facing Taliban threats, have done. The school thrived, and continues to offer enlightenment and sanctuary for hundreds of Afghan girls who would otherwise be deprived. In 2010, with the help of many donors, I bought an old school bus and hired a driver for the girls. Mirwais Mena is a far-flung village, and the bus allowed the girls to travel to school safely, and it gave their parents some peace. GreaterGood took over the charity last year, and they’ve been wonderful. The bus is still going, but it’s old and in need of repairs. With your help, we will get another. Let’s keep the girls at the Mirwais Mena School in class, where they belong.”

We have raised $3,684 of our $40,000 goal and we need your help to bridge that gap. Please consider donating and share this link with your friends and family today.

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by Hannah Levin, June 19, 2014