When nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were taken from their dormitory in the night, people around the world felt helpless. Some have tried to get their governments involved, so far to no avail. Other’s don’t understand why it’s our business. Those of us who are other’s daughters or just compassionate humans want to do something.
When my friend Heather Plett announced that she was marking her birthday with a fundraiser to build a school in Uganda, my first thought was how many serious issues we have to address right here at home. Then, because I know Heather and trust her wisdom, I read about her mission.
Yes those of us in developed countries complain about the budget cuts in our schools and libraries and lack of affordable healthcare (yes, it still is for many here in the US). I find it appalling that schools here in north America have cut back their arts programs and that so many high school graduates still can’t structure a grammatically correct sentence.
and then I remembered
Several years ago, at an international service club meeting, a woman spoke of her mission to educate the women in her native country. The girls in some villages were starving because if there was only enough food to feed some of the children, they fed the boys. Why would they feed the male children and let the girls go hungry? Because they viewed the girls as worthless to the community. They had no skills and therefore had no economic value to the village.
Because they weren’t educating the girls, they would never bring money into the community and therefore were viewed as insignificant. Here in North America, the notion of choosing which of your children to feed is unfathomable but in many parts of the world, that’s a reality. In developed countries, we know we must educate our girls so that they are able to earn a living and never be dependent on men to take care of them. We must educate our girls so that they don’t ever believe they have to stay in an abusive relationship because they fear supporting themselves. We must educate our girls because we need strong female leaders to balance the energy and intentions and make a difference in the world.
When Heather said, “I may not have the power to #bringbackourgirls, but I have the power to #educatemoregirls “ I realized that we aren’t helpless.
We can make a difference. We can help to educate more girls by helping
to build a school in a place that’s known terror like the girls in Nigeria.
Read about Heather’s birthday dream HERE www.heatherplett.com/educategirls