Education for my girls in Ghana
Organized by: Ashley Shupienis
I believe that access to education is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, many children (especially girls) around the globe do not receive the schooling that many of us have taken for granted. I recently did some volunteer teaching at a school for underprivileged girls in Tamale, Ghana, and absolutely fell in love with my class. They were vibrant and possessed a deep hunger for learning. They all had unique personalities and they all had stories...most of them tragic. All of my students came from profoundly poor families. Many of them had already lost parents to hunger or disease. Some walked an hour each way in the oppressive Ghanaian heat with broken shoes to sit in my classroom and receive an ounce of hope. Some were starving. Some were overwhelmed with life and wept during class. There weren't enough textbooks to go around, so they shared graciously. Each of my children wanted to be heard, loved, and respected, as we all do. In their marriage-centric culture, education for girls is not seen as a priority. Many of their parents would prefer it if their female children stayed home, continuing the cycle of poverty and leaving women without choices in life. As our planet becomes increasingly globalized, I believe it is our responsibility to fight for our girls who so desperately want a better life through learning. A year of upper-school education is $250 USD, and a complete three-year sponsorship is $750 USD. I know the funds will be used responsibly. If you feel moved by this cause, please consider donating, sharing this link, or speaking with your own children about how fortunate they are. Thank you!