This is Rachel last month in Peshawar standing behind
the 3 girls sponsored by Portsmouth Rotarians!
Many thinks to Rotary Clubs of Ipswich & Hamilton/Wenham for their generous donations!
We will be able to sponsor 15 girls for this coming year that starts this month!
Also, thank you to the members of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH for their contributions!
Selection of candidates was based on individual financial situations as well as who had the greatest determination to remain in school with parental consent.
This project is to encourage older girls to complete their high school education with the possibility that they may even look toward attending college. Often in this area of Pakistan, girls are pulled out of school by their parents due to the increased expense of classes as well as the possibility of premature marriage.
Education for girls at this stage in their life is essential in transforming society. The more education girls in this troubled region get, the less domestic and local violence will occur; chances of infant and maternal mortality also are greatly decreased. It has been shown repeatedly that in developing countries, the greater the number of educated women, the more civil the society is. Education empowers women with rights and independence in any culture or religion.