My name is Ashley, and I recently returned from serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi. During my service, I worked as a secondary school teacher in a rural village, teaching English and health to the American equivalent of grades 9-12. My upper classes had significantly fewer students than my lower classes, which was at least partially due to students failing to pass their national exams at the end of their sophomore year. However, I also noticed that the drop-out rate among girls was particularly stark - in my senior class, I only had 1 female student. I conducted a survey to find out why, and what I discovered was alarming - students are walking as far as 14 kilometers to get to school, leaving as early as 4 am to walk in the dark, and the vast majority of the female students cited unwanted sexual attention as a major concern on their daily commute. I am raising money to build a girls hostel on campus so that girls have the opportunity to succeed in safety.