Apr 20, 2011

What are you the first to do?

I got an email from Hannah Katy the other day, and she's involved with something so amazing I not only had to jump on the bandwagon, but I wanted to share it as well. Hannah's a researcher for She's the First, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors girls' education in the developing world, and she's emceeing the She's the First Poetry Campaign for the month of April.

Their goal is to have one girl's education in Sudan sponsored through what they can raise in April - donations, selling e-cards (starts next week!), but mostly using social networking sites to creatively fundraise the money to sponsor an education for one girl.

I had a whole post planned about how much I learned in school, and how much I loved being an English major, and my love for reading, etc., but it sounded too much like advertising to me, and that's not what I want this post to be about. I simply wanted to share with you how amazing women in the social media community (blogs, twitter, facebook), are changing lives of young girls.

In her email, Hannah included a writing prompt, and in place of going on about the good this organization does (and trust me, I could!), I thought I'd respond to the question instead.

If the world was your classroom, what would you teach a girl?

Homework can be therapeutic. Stories can transplant you to other worlds. Knowledge is power. You can do it. Be the first to step out of your comfort shell - whether that's writing a story, or graduating from high school. Believe in yourself, even when you think no one else does. There are lessons in life you'll learn that you can apply in the classroom, and lessons in the classroom you'll carry with you throughout your life. Help others. Be the first...but not the last.

Visit their facebook page or the Project Education Sudan page for more information or to donate. Write a poem. Tweet about it. Or just be inspired.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That's a great answer to that question!! What a wonderful cause!!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

That's a great cause! It's really important that we take time to realize that not everywhere has the opportunities that we do here, especially for girls. It's great that we can help a girl get an education and open up so many more opportunities for her.

Amber said...

What a great cause! Thanks for sharing love. I agree with Kelly's comment, it's important to remember that not everyone has the amazing opportunities we are awarded in North America!

Kyla Roma said...

That's a great question and a great cause! I would teach that there are so many different kinds of beauty and it's important to seek them out and appreciate them so your perspective of what's beautiful doesn't get narrowed down and made negative :)

Leanne said...

That's just amazing :)

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