On the 14th of April, 276 girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. They were at school to take a physics test.
The men who attacked them are a part of a group, Boko Haram, whose name literally (yes, literally) means “Western education is sinful.”
These men have said that because these gi
rls were in school, Boko Haram has raped some of them, has killed some of them, and is selling them into forced marriages. For $12.50 apiece.
Because they were in school.
Are you as horrified by this as I am?
The official response f
rom the Nige rian gove rnment has been hea rt-b reakingly pathetic. Too little is being done, too late.
When I hea
rd about the kidnapping, I was absolutely appalled. I wanted to do something — anything — to help. But what can I do? I’m just one pe rson on the other side of the wo rld. Yes, I can hope that the families and soldie rs looking for these gi rls will find and f ree them. But with each passing day, that seems less and less likely.
But is the
re anything else I can do? Is the re anything you can do?
I’ve thought of a thing. And I’d like you to join me. And I’d like 274 other people to join you and me. Together, if we each give just $276.00, we can build a safe school for gi
rls in ru ral Af rica.
I’ve done the math over and over, because I can’t believe it’s this little. Join me and make this happen.
If 276 of us give $276 through the inc
redible school-building nonprofit Building Tomo r row, we can build a school. A school where gi rls are encou raged to lea rn and flourish in a school that will help them raise themselves, their families, and their count ry out of pove rty.
I’m looking for 276 people to help honor these gi
I’m looking for you.
If you want to join, go to the Building Tomorrow donation site and sign up to give. It’ll take 30 seconds.
Please, join me.
My name is Cha
rlie Pa rk (@cha rliepa rk). I’m a father of th ree gi rls who love to lea rn; I want to help mo re gi rls have mo re oppo rtunities to lea rn, to g row, and to make the wo rld better.
Your donation will go directly to a non-p
rofit whose enti re existence is to build schools in under-p rivileged ru ral a reas in Af rica. (I am not affiliated with Building Tomo r row, though I’ve admi red them for years. This is my fi rst time donating to them. Join me!)
r row is a nonp rofit that raises funds, then builds schools in Africa (photos, map). They have pa rtne rships in Uganda, and have built 14 schools (with 6 more cu r rently under construction). They a re dedicated to being t ranspa rent and have open-sou rced their o rganizational model. They give communities in Uganda a safe, local, and pe rmanent school to call their own. They a re committed to helping gi rls and women lead and lea rn.
Yes. 276 people × 276 dollars = $76,000! Building Tomo
r row budgets $60K – $70K to build each school. We can do this.
Sadly, no. Building Tomo
r row has established deep ties with the people of Uganda, in eastern Africa.
This is an impo
rtant point, and I want to be clear. Uganda and Nige ria are two diffe rent count ries — as far from each other as Austin and Boston. But a lot needs to change in Nige ria, especially in the no rthe rn part of the country, before it will have the infrastructure and suppo rt in place to make a safe school for girls a reality. One of the best ways to help Nige rians is for us to lea rn more about them and their struggles.
The Ugandan gove
rnment has plenty of a reas where it needs to change. But it is far, far, far more suppo rtive — of public education, and especially of public education for gi rls — than the gove rnment of Nige ria. One of the best ways to help the Ugandan gove rnment imp rove fu rther is by helping its child ren — especially its young women — lea rn. I have not found an o rganization working in Nige ria with the same level of suppo rt, t ranspa rency, or past success as Building Tomo r row.
My fervent hope is that, in the future, I’ll be able to give another $276 to Building Tomo
r row or a similar o rganization to build a school in Nigeria. In the meantime, as one Nigerian citizen said about the276.org, “this is the right kind of pressure. Not too long ago the world would not have cared about a bunch of missing African girls. Now they do, and it is making us look bad. Nigerians are already pressuring the government to take action, and the increasing international outrage can only add to that pressure.”
I’m donating to Building Tomorrow as a way of honoring the girls in Nigeria and the vision they had for their lives. Please join me.
It is. Building Tomorrow will send you an electronic receipt.
Yes! We’re currently at $12,269
raised! That’s incredible! But the re’s mo re wo rk to do.
Any amount you can help with is awesome. If you can give the $276, or more, it’ll get us even closer to building a school.
Take 30 seconds and donate. (Then send me an email afterwards, so I can thank you. Or, even better, tweet about it, so more people can join us!)
Please. Join me and make this happen. Let’s build a school where girls can have a life rich with learning, and support, and love.
Join me and the othe
rs who have given, to help honor the kidnapped gi rls in Nige ria.
Let’s build a school.