Hope is lost… but it isn’t dead. The world is facing huge problems. Our climate is rapidly changing.
Hunger and poverty still plague even the most developed countries. And children are trafficked and sold into slavery every day. But just because we’re facing a moment where hope is hard to find, it doesn’t mean it ceases to exist…
Because from where we stand, in our communities, we find hope everywhere. We see it in the eyes of all the other girls in our villages each day we walk to school. We are not hopeful because our path forward is easy. Some girls go to school hungry, we struggle for basic supplies, and many live in fear of being forced
into and early, child marriage. We are hopeful because we know, if given the chance, we have the power to make global change.
Scientists rank educating girls as the sixth most important measure — out of 80 proposed actions — for reversing climate change. That means educating girls would have a bigger impact than solar panels and electric cars. Data also shows that girls who are empowered to complete their primary education are three times less likely to be married off as children. And, for every year of secondary school those same girls complete, their income will increase by 25 percent — helping to lift millions out of hunger and poverty.
We are not another one of the world’s “unsolvable problems.” We are the solution.
So to all the kind faces, the safe spaces, the givers, the helpers, the huggers, the holders, the fundraisers and mood lifters; to everyone who never stops believing that change is possible — believe in us. Believe in what’s next.