Afghan Girls Need a Safe Ride to School
We are so happy to share the success of the Mirwais Mena Bus Project. With your help and a matching grant from the Klintworth Family Foundation, GreaterGood and GROW (Girls’ Right to Opportunity Worldwide) were able to raise $43,000 in order to fund the purchase of 2 buses for The Safe Ride to School for Afghan Girls program.
In this area, it can be very dangerous for girls walking to school. Groups opposed to female education will target and attack these girls. Such an incident happened in 2008 when a group of girls attending Mirwais Mena School for Girls were sprayed with acid as they walked to school. Shamsia Hussaini was one of those girls, and has since recovered to become a teacher herself at the school. She explains why having these buses is so important.
“If we had The Safe Ride to School Program, I would not have been attacked on a dirty street when I was coming to school. This bus is useful. It protects girls from similar attacks. Insecurity is a big challenge for us. We are suffering from people who dislike girls’ education, and the Safe Ride program is one of the safest way to avoid such incidents in the future.”
After safely transporting girls to school for many years, the bus previously in use was breaking down to a point beyond repair. Losing the bus for this program would mean many girls would need to drop out of school due to lack of safe transportation.
Thanks to your generous donations on The Literacy Site, that did not happen. The first new bus arrived and went into immediate operation in December 2014.
However, the program still needs your continued support. With 2 buses, there are many day-to-day costs incurred. Funds are needed to pay for bus drivers, fuel, and of course, on-going maintenance.
Please help us operate these buses on an ongoing basis. Click here to learn more about how you can help provide safe transport to school for Afghan girls.
Published on, February 17, 2015