In the past 11 months, 11 schoolgirls, most of whom are Chibok girls who escaped after abduction by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, successfully enrolled in schools in the US.
Recently we were excited to get an admission offer for two girls to go to university. We urgently need the amount of $25,000 each as living expenses and tuition for their partial scholarship. We need to raise this amount soon as schools are about to resume this month. We also need $24000 to support those who will be going back to high schools.
This is by far our most pressing need right now. Their families are now IDPs or MIA. 5 of the 10 girls lost family members in the Spring. One lost her dad in an IDP camp we moved him to after losing her mum in October as well.
The objective of our investments in these girls is two-fold:
A. The recovery of the 219 is uncertain. However the escaped girls can become living testaments to the good that came out of this horrid atrocity that sparked the global BringBackOurGirls campaign. By becoming successful, they can exemplify to the world the anti-thesis to Boko Haram's terrorist ideology.
B. The generational impact of the insurgency that has claimed 20,000 lives is unimaginable. Training them up to be professionals who can return and lift up their communities is a significant forward-looking human capital investment.
Read more about our local partners Education Must Continue Initiative http://emcinitiative.org/.
Mission Kitchen is partnering with EMC to HELP "BRING OUR GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL". Please join us in raising $75,000 to support these 11 courageous young ladies.
Here are some news links:http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/12/boko-haram-robs-nigerian-children-of-education.htmlhttp://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7078876http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30602386http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/30/traumatized-by-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls-fire-on-rescuers/