This weekend, students at my school held a sale to benefit the founding of a sister school for girls in Afghanistan. Our school in Pittsburgh is an all-girls school, and students feel strongly about the importance of education for girls. This project is important to them, and they are grateful to have the opportunity to work with Fahima Vorgetts, the director of the Women for Afghan Women's Afghan Women's Fund. Fahima wrote about her recent visit to the region on the WAW website:
Our school in Ingeel district of Herat province, sponsored by the Ellis School of Pittsburgh PA, was very eager to see me. When the school was founded 2 1/2 years ago, 150 students registered; now there are 1150 girls studying there! I managed to give all the girls school supplies for a year. But there is still no school building, so students study in tents and some directly under the sun. I managed get them carpets since they were sitting on raw, hard ground. We also secured land for building a school. A portion of the land was donated by the villagers, and we bought the other portion at a discounted price. We walled in the land and hope to raise enough money to build the school soon. This is the only girls' school in a group of six villages. The school principal told me that they have to turn away 100s of girls because they don't have the money or space for more students. If we build this school, about 5,000 girls will benefit.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to:
Women for Afghan Women/AWF
32-17 College Point Blvd. Suite 206
Flushing, NY 11354
(write The Ellis School fund/AWF in the memo line)
I bought this pair of bangles and a scarf, and wished I could do more.