November 28, 2018
Dear Reader, Friends, Family and Colleagues,
More than 130 million girls around the world are denied an education. Every day, month and year they are not in school and their dreams for the future slip further away. However, I refuse to lose hope. Through Malala Fund, I am working to give all girls the opportunity to learn and lead without fear.
That’s why we decided to join forces on Malala’s cause this year and start a fundraiser of 5,000 dollars starting now until December 31st. Yes, me and my team at Writersyep want to give these girls a new year and a new start. We believe education is very important and these girls deserve to be in school. By participating in a fundraiser for Malala Fund, you are helping us break down barriers that keep girls out of school.
In addition, this fund is also dedicated in name of my mother Angela Altagracia de Chevalier Olivo. She made many sacrifices for me so that I can get a better education. Now she’s suffering from early dementia and Alzheimer’s. She always loved school and wanted to study. She finished her high school studies and some secretary courses back when she was younger but then she married young and had me and my two sisters. After we got older, she would always write and read. I knew she wanted to go back to school to study pharmaceuticals or anything related to medicine. She did the course in my country Dominican Republic but once we moved to Canada, she had to re-due the course and learn a new language-French.
She wanted us to have a better life and receive a better education, that’s why we moved. I saw her through the years, she had a hard time writing in French and re-learning what she loved in another language. So she decided to leave school and started to work minimum wage jobs so we could do more extra curricular activities in school and outside of school.
She started to deteriorate a couple of months after she left school. She started forgetting small details but we didn’t know she had this until it was more prominent after 10 years of living in Canada. It actually started to become evident the sixth year after we moved; we noticed she was more forgetful than usual and we had to repeat the same conversations more often. In other words, she never got to fulfill her dream,finish her education and keep learning medicine.
What Malala Fund does:
In Mexico, Afghanistan and India, this fund amplifies the voices of girls fighting for change. In Lebanon and Turkey, the fund brings STEM courses to Syrian refugee girls. In Nigeria and Pakistan, the fund is invested in advocates working to challenge gender discrimination in their communities.
Together, we can give every girl the opportunity to choose her future. Before it’s to late…
We and Malala Fund are working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear. Your donation helps make it possible. Thank you so much for your contribution. Let’s lead by example; we are providing the platform for the next generation. Let’s make it a great one!
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