Target: Malala Yousafzai, activist for women’s rights and education
Goal: Support Malala’s efforts to raise $500 million to provide an education to Syrian refugees.
A year ago, Malala Yousafzai seized international headlines after the Taliban attempted to assassinate her for advocating for girls’ education. Following her recovery from a bullet wound to the head, this young woman continues to fight for what she believes in and has accrued global recognition. The purpose of this petition is to commend Malala for fearlessly moving forward with her mission to provide education to children in need, specifically the Syrian refugees she is now focusing on.
Malala is on a mission to raise 500 million dollars to help provide education to 300,000 Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon, fearing for their lives. With Syria’s civil war raging since 2011, millions of people have been displaced, and Malala is seeking to help however she can. She is collaborating with the organization, A World at School, which currently works to provide education to children all over the world, from Bangladesh, to Haiti, to Pakistan. Through their combined efforts, the hope is that they will able to make a difference.
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Dear Ms. Malala Yousafzai:
Your bravery has been an inspiration for thousands (perhaps even millions) of people throughout the world. The recognitions you have received have been well-deserved: a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, the National Youth Peace Prize, Harvard’s Humanitarian Award, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award, and the Clinton Foundation’s Global Citizen Award. All at age 16. However, what is even more impressive than the accolades that you have received are the endeavors you continue to pursue.
After the hardship that you have endured, it is inspiring to see that you have not lost your passion for the causes that you stand for. It is incredible to see you look outside the issues that plague your home country, and to try to help children in a completely different part of the world. The collaboration that you and A World at School will be engaging in has high hopes for a successful outcome. A World at School has the experience, resources and connections to fruitfully educate Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, you are able to bring an emotional dimension that resonates with people. Through your combined efforts, the goal of raising $500 million to educate Syrian refugee children is achievable. This petition supports that ambition.
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