October 11 is International Day of the Girl. Let’s work to brighten the world for girls today and every day!
The theme for 2012 (the first-ever observance of International Day of the Girl) is ending child marriage. That’s a shocking and important issue, but that’s not all this day is about. It’s about rights, opportunities, and dreams for girls everywhere.
There are so many ways to improve conditions for girls, and fortunately, there are some wonderful organizations you can work through to help improve conditions for girls. Here are just a few ideas I’m promoting.
Sponsor a Girl
Compassion International is a Christian organization with a cause that means a lot to my family. We’ve sponsored three girls (from Indonesia, Bolivia, and Nicaragua) since they were 5 years old. Two of them are now 14. We’ve been awed to read our sponsored girls’ letters and hear about the opportunities they’ve had because of the program. If you feel drawn to support a program like CARE or Compassion International, you’ll truly make a difference in one or more children’s lives. If you feel drawn to sponsor girls, you’ll be amazed at the difference a few dollars each month can make in their lives and possibilities for the future.
Raise Your Hand for Girls
Plan International is raising awareness about girls’ issues by calling for one million people to raise their hands in support of education for all girls. You just have to make a simple pledge on Facebook. I raised my hand. I hope you’ll raise yours, too. You can also sponsor a girl through Plan International.
Help Girls Have Healthy Body Images
I’m so thankful for all the opportunities my daughter has had to fulfill her dreams, and I’d love to see all girls have similar opportunities to be loved and encouraged. But even girls who’ve had numerous opportunities still need help with basic issues such as having healthy body images. I’ve been focusing on that topic a lot lately. Here are my posts on the topic of helping girls have healthy body images:
Please hold your daughter extra close today and let her know she’s beautiful not for how she looks but for who she is. And let’s work to help girls everywhere feel beautiful, strong, happy, and hopeful.
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