Along with a few other girls in the area, we founded the Western New York Girls' School Coalition for Afghan Women in the early 2000s. It was our mission to make a change and to help young women we'd never met, have what we had: an education, the power to believe in a future, the courage to make a difference.
We raised thousands of dollars by hosting "dress down days" in all of the participating schools and we rented out a downtown club and did a ton of planning in order to raise even more money. We were able to do just that, and before the end of year one, we had built an all-girls school in Afghanistan.
Today, our coalition is still going strong, and still being run by young women and full-time students. Clotilde ended up at Harvard and took our ideas to the next level. It is now a full-fledged organization called "Circle of Women" and you can check out the website here: Circle of Women.
Recently, I came across another amazing example of young people creating educational experiences and opportunities for boys AND girls in Afghanistan:
You should check out their website, too,
which is really amazing and has some great feedback directly from the students:
There are some really amazing people and organizations out there doing incredible things to make the world a brighter, better, more positive, caring, and connected place.
Remember, it all starts with a single idea.