We're proud to celebrate dads around the world who support their daughters' right to an education. Today, on #FathersDay, we'd like to tell you about one of them and his daughter. Mang Thị Hay is a 16-year-old student in the Vietnamese village of Suối Cát. Many girls her age have already stopped attending school in order to work or marry—and girls in her village are often pulled out of school for months at a time to work on cashew tree plantations. Hay is not one of them. Her father, Mang Đẫn, makes sure of it. Having never attended school himself, Đẫn, who lost his wife during Hay’s birth, has spent the last sixteen years ensuring that Hay would be able to complete her studies. “I want her to dream her dreams and be who she wants to be.” Luckily, Hay and her dad have support. The @rockpaperscissorschildrensfund works to provide educational resources for hundreds of children in Vietnam through sponsorships, educational materials, and bicycles for girls that help them get to school safely. Hay rides her pink bicycle to school each morning—and last year she did not miss a single day of class. If you’re still looking for a Father's Day gift, consider hitting the link in our bio to make a donation in your dad’s name to support girls like Hay and programs like Rock-Paper-Scissors around the world. To all the dads building a brighter future for their children, we hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day.
It’s the big question at Women Deliver: how will you use your power for change? Share how you will take action for girls around the world in the comments below. 🌟 #WD2019
Growing up in Malawi, Tisa Manyenje always loved school. But when her parents passed away, she could no longer afford the school fees. She was forced to drop out at 16 years old. Tisa knew she wanted a different future for her daughter Gladys. Shortly after starting secondary school, Gladys became pregnant. Members of the community pressured Tisa to marry Gladys off, but she refused. Instead, Tisa encouraged her to continue her studies. Thanks to her mom’s commitment to her education, Gladys was able to graduate and she now works as an environmental health officer at a hospital. Today, Tisa works with @ageafrica and the Mother Group in Malawi to show other parents the importance of supporting their daughters’ educations. She is especially passionate about counseling young mothers and at-risk girls to help them stay in school. Tisa uses Gladys’ story as an example of how an education can change a girl’s life—and her hope for this #MothersDay is that everyone’s daughter has the same chance to stay in school that Gladys did. Head over to the link in our bio to support AGE Africa and other organizations that empower girls around the world.
This #MothersDay, we're celebrating moms around the world who support their daughters’ dreams and ambitions—often against great odds. Sophea is from Prek Mohatep village in rural Cambodia. "When my mom was my age, she had no opportunity to finish secondary school," Sophea says. "My grandparents were farmers and they did not have enough money to support her. My mom wants me to have a better future, so she sends me and my brothers to school and tells us to study hard. There's nothing she wouldn't do for us." Other girls in her village had to leave school to work or to get married, but with her mom's support and a scholarship from @theharpswellfoundation, Sophea graduated from university with degrees in Khmer and English law. She hopes to become a prosecutor to promote fairness and justice in her community. We hope you’ll learn more about organizations like Harpswell that empower young women like Sophea around the world—and even better, donate in your mom’s name today as a way to say thank you for all the opportunities she gave to you. Check out donate.girlsopportunityalliance.org for more, and let us know if you donated in the comments!
This #MothersDay, thank your mom for the opportunities she gave to you by paying it forward to other girls around the world. Donate to the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund in your mom’s name and send her this card to let her know. If you do, tell us in the comments! 💕 donate.girlsopportunityalliance.org
Since we launched this program in October, we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help grassroots leaders carry forward their work to break down the barriers that have kept more than 98 million adolescent girls out of school. We’ve fully funded five projects from Guatemala to Malawi. We’ve connected 1,800 of these leaders to exchange best practices and to learn from each other. All thanks to the generous support from people around the world. We’re inspired by everyone who has taken action to join our work thus far and we’re excited to continue our work as the Girls Opportunity Alliance to support girls around the world in the years to come. Hit the link in our bio to learn more.