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Adela’s thanks for the Christmas Bowl supporters

“Thank You. Now I can go to school and learn to read. I want to be a doctor to help my country. If girls want to become doctors to help their country they must be able to read. My wish is that more young girls in Afghanistan will receive a future free from poverty and conflict” - Adela, 9 years old.

Adela is a nine year old girl and thanks to the action of Act for Peace local partners, she goes to school in Afghanistan. It is unusual for girls like her to be in school because children, especially girls, are made to work instead. That’s because Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Most women are forced to go to work at a young age, in order to help support their family.

Because the Taliban is against girls’ education, for girls, just going to school can mean risking their life. As a result, many schools have been forced to close and even when they are open, parents often decide to keep their daughters at home.

Without access to education, Adela – and girls like her- will face a lifetime of poverty and oppression. Women without an education are more likely to get married younger, have more children and have very few job opportunities. Their children are more likely live in poverty.

Give Adela and girls like her access to education by making a gift. You will help break the cycle of poverty.

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

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