Future site of Community Center

Thanks to generous support, it has been a remarkable year for girls and women in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Girls to School purchased land for a community center. This is a turning point for the girls and women in ANFE’s programs, as well as the community. They will soon have a safe place to meet, study, learn, and play ­– for the first time ever.

Group members of the microfinance group says THANK YOU!!

Girl Effect 2

Another great video about the importance of supporting girls’ education from Girl Effect:

Clinton talks girl’s education on The Daily Show

“When you put all of the girls in the world in school and you give all the young women access to the labor market, it’s the number one thing you can do, that is supported morally across all cultures, to slow population growth and increase income. Empowering women. It’s no accident that Rwanda has quadrupled its per capita income in the last ten years, coming out of that genocide, and has the only parliament in the world that’s majority female and women have total access to the economic and political life of the country.”

You can watch the whole interview, including his discussion of the Clinton Global Initiative that Coumba will participating in, here.

Update: The Clinton Global Initiative has announced that ANFE and Girls to School’s commitment, “Empowering Girls and Women in Mauritania” will be featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Fifth Annual Meeting. According to the Clinton Global Initiative “Your commitment was selected from a larger pool of member commitments as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge.”

Coumba, ANFE invited to Clinton Global Initiative

Coumba Dieng, director of Girls to School partner organization Amenons Nos Filles a l’Ecole has been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative.  The Clinton Global Initiative has kindly offered to pay her travel expenses and to wave the event $20,000 fee.  At the event Coumba will be presenting the commitment of Girls to School and ANFE to expand their efforts at providing girls in Mauritania educational oppurtunity. This is a last minute invitation so we will be working hard to get her Visa and travel plans made quickly.

Update: Coumba has recieved her visa and will arriving in New York on September 20.  A week later she will travel to Kansas City to meet with Girls to School and fundraising events here.

NY Times: “Why women’s rights are the cause of our times”

An entire issue of the NY Times magazine was dedication to women’s rights. You can read the main article here.

“In many poor countries, the greatest unexploited resource isn’t oil fields or veins of gold; it is the women and girls who aren’t educated and never become a major presence in the formal economy. With education and with help starting businesses, impoverished women can earn money and support their countries as well as their families. They represent perhaps the best hope for fighting global poverty.”