Wednesday, July 21, 2010

peace through literacy

Lalander school, west of Kabul, Afghanistan

As you might know, I am a big fan of Greg Mortenson's work. He wrote the book Three Cups of Tea... about the importance of educating girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has dedicated his life to improving the lot of girls and women in this dangerous area through community based initiatives. They will be the brokers of peace.
Recently, Blackboard, a USA software company that develops and licenses education software applications, made a donation of $10,000 to the Central Asia Institute ( Three Cups of Tea) while also challenging their employees, partners, and the business community to support Greg's efforts using a text-to-donate campaign, which they will match up to $ 10,000. So your $10. donation will become $20.
Educate a Girl: Change the World!

So here is how you can help if you are in the U.S. :
1. TeEducate a Girl, save the world!xt to 50555 and enter "CAI" (Central Asia Institute) for the $10 donation.
2. You will then be prompted to confirm the $10 donation to CAI with the word YES.
3. Each donation will be added to your mobile phone bill.*$10 will be added to your mobile phone bill/deducted from your prepaid account. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to 50555 to stop. Full Terms: Available only on US carriers.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to CAI to support their mission and Blackboard will match your donations up to another $10,000.

If you are not in the United States or even if you are, and want to contribute to this wonderful and worthwhile effort directly, you can DONATE HERE
1 Cent... buys a pencil
$2 or $3 = One teacher's salary for one day
$20 = One student's school supplies for one year
$50 = One treadle sewing machine & supplies
$100 = Maternal health care supplies for 1 year
$200 = Midwife's supplies for a year
$300 = One advanced student's annual scholarship
$600 = One teacher's annual salary
$1000 = Supports 1000 students for 1 month at a dollar/child/month for books, uniform & school supplies
$5,000 = Support for an existing school for one year
$50,000 = One school building and up to five years of support

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