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Meals for Orphans
Cecily's Fund works to improve educational opportunities for Zambia's children. They support a community school that serves over 750 students in grades 1 through 4.
While at school, the students receive a much-needed midday meal. For many, this is the only meal they will get all day.
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Despite attempts against her life and disapproval from the Taliban, Malala Yousufzai continues to be a brave advocate for girls education in Pakistan and around the world.
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In 2008, several girls attending the Mirwais Mena School were attacked by men with acid. Despite the danger, the school stayed open. Donations from New York Times readers helped purchase a bus and pay a driver's salary so the students could have secure rides to and from class. The same bus still serves the girls of Mirwais Mena School, but the cost of operating the vehicle is sometimes more than the families can afford.
On October 9, 2012 Yousufzai was shot and critically wounded by Taliban assailants. The attack prompted an international outcry because of her brave exposure of everyday life under Taliban oppression.
Her revealing blog and support of children's rights made her a hero to young women seeking empowerment through learning— and an enemy of the Taliban, who strongly oppose education for women.
Friday, July 12, was Malala Day, honoring the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban and left for dead for attending classes last year. After her remarkable recovery, she continued to attend classes and be a voice for change in international education.
As part of her birthday celebrations, Malala addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, and urged them to use education as a weapon against extremism.