Support The Pad Project's efforts to help keep Afghan Girls in School
The current crisis in Afghanistan is affecting girls’ ability to stay in school. The Pad Project wants to do what we can to support girls’ education during this time, and we need your help to do it. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), writes,
I know there are many in the United States who feel frustrated. I’ve spoken with some of you personally. You’ve asked what you can do for Afghanistan. You can invest in Afghan girls. You can invest in their education and potential, and you can, with your attention, not just honor their bravery but entrench the foundations of generational change.
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The Pad Project’s goal is to raise $25,000 to support girls in Afghanistan so they can stay healthy and stay in school.
The three organizations we will be supporting are SOLA, Shuhada Organization, and Mina’s List. Shuhada is a nonprofit based in Afghanistan that focuses on women’s rights and education. Given the current circumstances, Shuhada is more focused than ever on making sure girls stay in school and continue to receive an education.
Since 2014, Mina’s List has been partnering with women political leaders and women’s rights and peace advocates in Afghanistan. The long-term mentorship program brings together current and former Afghan women parliamentarians to serve as mentors for young Afghan women leaders. To support the ongoing education of Afghan girls, the Mina's List mentorship program will now expand to match recently evacuated Afghan women political leaders and activists with young girls attending school in Afghanistan.
Join us today to support the work of SOLA, Shuhada, and Mina's List in uplifting Afghan women and girls.
As Shabana Basij-Rasikh writes,
Don’t look away from Afghanistan. I ask nothing of you that I don’t demand of myself. My SOLA (School of Leadership) community and I are among the tremendously fortunate who have departed Afghanistan for other lands — Rwanda, in our case. From this place of safety, I see those in my country who feel so terribly unsafe. They cannot leave, and you cannot look away.