Education. It is something that in our culture we take highly for granted. Not everyone, but most. I was one of those that did when I was going through my last few years of high school. If you were to ask me what is one of my biggest regrets in life, it would be not taking advantage of my education that was available to me at the time. I actually used to have nightmares about it after. True story.
See, I was one of those rebel types that would skip my classes, a lot. Regret. I was also one of those types that chose all the easy classes for my grade 12 year just so that I could slack off. Regret. It was suggested to me by my high school counselor that I actually should fail my grade 12 year on purpose so that I could come back and take the courses that I wanted to without having to pay. Regret. I never went back. Regret.
Finally after some (major) maturing and an opportunity that came to do some post-secondary was when I realized how ignorant I had been in my younger years. To move on I would have to pay for each course that would get me the credits to get my adult dogwood certificate. Which I did!
When the opportunity came up to promote this amazing organization that is using education to empower women in the areas of sub-Saharan Africa, ummmm duh! Not a second thought.
One Girl Can is a registered charity that is based in the Vancouver, BC area. They provide educational opportunities to impoverished girls who are living in highly marginalized areas of sub-Saharan Africa. I can not even fathom the challenges that these girls face each day. What would I do for my own children if I could not provide them an education or the tools to do so either? When we step out of our comfortable lives we see the need and the responsibility that we have the ability to help and empower these precious girls.
Please consider supporting this cause by either grabbing some friends and purchasing tickets or if you are unable to attend, making a donation in lieu of.
“Educating women is the only known cure for ending poverty. In one short evening, we can raise enough money to effect sustainable change in literally hundreds of lives, and slowly start to shift the needle on gender imbalance and poverty in Africa.”