Create a library, empower a girl

$4,510 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 28 months
Zoha Yasmin
on behalf of Zoha Siddiqui
 ARLINGTON, VA
Many of us take the opportunity to go to school everyday for granted. Unfortunately, in developing countries, 26% of girls eligible for primary school are not enrolled and a shocking 65% of girls eligible for secondary school are also not attending.

Furthermore, many schools in rural, impoverished areas that are presently educating girls lack proper resources, parent involvement, and sufficient funding, therefore limiting the students' opportunities. Girls are less likely to get a proper education than boys. This has detrimental impacts on entire societies, as uneducated mothers cannot make educated decisions for the welfare of their children. As an individual, an illiterate girl lacks self-confidence and the tools she needs to succeed in society. 

Our names are Zoha and Hannah, and we are two 15 year olds in DC trying to give girls' across the world a quality education. In March, we created a sustainable library for an underfunded girls' school in Pakistan. Right now, we are in the process of creating an NGO for girls' education in countries like Pakistan. Visit our website at www.her-education.org to learn more about our past projects, current initiatives, and girls' education. 

Donate to our cause and help us create four more sustainable libraries with quality learning materials and trained teachers for four underfunded girls' schools in Pakistan. The $8,000 will be distributed among carpenters building furniture, librarians training teachers on how to provide upkeep to the libraries, and supplies necessary to organize books and learning materials.

Education is the most influential part of your life. An educated woman is the key to the successes of any society; she is able to make better decisions for her children and for herself, and she is motivated to become an active leader of her community in order to make a positive change. An educated woman is intelligent, mature, and most importantly, powerful.
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Hello, everyone!

As you know, our names are Zoha and Hannah, and we are two sophomore students at Sidwell Friends School and the founders of the non-profit organization HER (HER education is HER right.) At HER, we build sustainable libraries for underfunded girls’ schools in developing countries. We are excited to announce that just two weeks ago, we opened 5 new libraries in underfunded girls' schools in Pakistan! These libraries are located in the areas Lahore, Swabi, and Sargodha. Thanks to your kind support of this project, together we changed the lives of 5,350 students across the world. Below, we have included information about the process of creating the libraries as well as pictures. To view more of the pictures, and more information, please visit our website at www.her-education.org.

The first picture (below) is the room where the current library in Swabi is, before we started construction. All 800 students sat on the dusty ground, without proper seating, bookshelves, or desks-- and, most shockingly, without any books.

The first step in the process of transforming the room was to repaint it, clean it out, and build desks, chairs, and bookshelves. After this, we got a group of teachers together that would serve as the librarians of the school and hired a professional librarian from a local college to train them. Librarians are crucial to the success of the library because they are the ones who keep it organized and functional. As the teachers were undergoing their training, the books were transported to Pakistan via the Pakistan Embassy in D.C., where they were then taken to the school for the newly trained librarians to catalogue and organize them.

Two weeks ago, Zoha and her family flew to Pakistan and put the finishing touches on the libraries-- helping out the librarians, meeting students, and adding an arts-and-crafts center. Below is a picture of Zoha with the librarians in Lahore.

On March 29, the library in Lahore officially opened! During the same trip, we also opened a library in Swabi, and three in Sargodha. We constructed the library in Swabi with the same exact process used in Lahore. In Sargodha, the three schools we worked with started the construction of the libraries themselves, but did not have enough resources to finish them, so we donated the thousands of books necessary to finish them off.

Thank you so much for helping us in this endeavor. We truly could not have done it without all of the support we received from you! Together, we have the ability to impact the lives of thousands of people, and these five libraries are a shining example of that.

At HER, we fight for girls’ education because we know that an educated woman is the key to every society’s prosperity-- she is intelligent, independent, and, most importantly, powerful. We applaud you for being a part of this mission for a better world, and we are excited to embark on new journeys with you now!

Sincerely,
Zoha and Hannah
The library in Lahore on opening day!
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This holiday season, give the greatest gift of all: education.

By educating girls, whole societies are improved. Economies grow, health is improved, and young girls’ confidence is boosted. At HER, we envision a world in which all girls are educated and given the opportunities to do more for their family, their nation, and this world. Because when one girl is educated, everybody benefits.

By donating to HER, you will be funding quality, sustainable libraries for underfunded girls’ schools in the developing world. The next four libraries we are building in March of 2017 will be located in four rural, impoverished villages in Pakistan. These libraries will positively change the lives of thousands of girls now, and will continue to be run by professionally trained teachers to impact millions of other girls in the future.

When one girl is educated, the future of the world is in her hands. Help us help HER today.
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Today, Giving Tuesday, is the perfect day to support this phenomenal cause. By making even a small donation to HER, you will empower thousands of girls in Pakistan by giving them the gift of a quality education. Please help us build four libraries for underfunded rural girls' schools in Pakistan in March 2017!
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August Caldwell
28 months ago
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Hannah and Zoha! This is so awesome!!

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Huriyyah Chaudhry
24 months ago

I started a library with 21st century technology in Pakistan in an impoverished village outside of Lahore and would looove to talk to you! Your library is further progressed than mine. I really need help!! I am a senior at an early college in North Carolina !!

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Raised by 42 people in 28 months
Created August 1, 2016
Zoha Yasmin
on behalf of Zoha Siddiqui
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Jimboy Miller
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A gift from the campers at Greystone... with our love and admiration!

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Lely Constantinople
11 months ago

GO ZOHA GO. you inspire every day. thank you.

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Seth Lindenfeld
12 months ago

What a great project!

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August Caldwell
28 months ago
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Hannah and Zoha! This is so awesome!!

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Huriyyah Chaudhry
24 months ago

I started a library with 21st century technology in Pakistan in an impoverished village outside of Lahore and would looove to talk to you! Your library is further progressed than mine. I really need help!! I am a senior at an early college in North Carolina !!

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