Support the Malala Fund
On October 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban. It
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was a failed attempt to silence her — and her leading voice for girls' education and the right of all children to go to school.
We established the Malala Fund on behalf of Malala and her family, working together with supporters of the cause, including the United Nations Foundation and Girl Up, and within a community of supportive organizations and individuals, to realize Malala's vision of education for all girls.
On July 12, 2013, on Malala's 16th birthday, the Malala Fund became its own independent non-governmental organization. Beespace, a nonprofit incubator, provides organizational support, and Shiza Shahid serves as executive director. Read our statement here.
Read Alyse Nelson's Oct. 11 blog about Malala's leadership at Forbes.com.
The Malala Fund supports the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world.
Through grants and partner collaborations with civil society organizations and individuals focused on education, the Fund is advised by a committee comprising education experts, entrepreneurs, and Malala with her family.
Before she was attacked, Malala was in the process of setting up an organization with her friends to get girls into school and out of domestic labor. The first grant of the Malala Fund will continue this process and provide a safe space for the girls, resources for a positive learning environment and an incentive program for families.
"Today I'm going to announce the happiest moment in my life, and that is the first grant of the Malala Fund," said Malala Yousafzai in a video shown to thousands attending the April 4-5 Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, and streamed around the world. "I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls.”
The grant funds a program in Pakistan to ensure that 40 girls ranging in age from five to 12 who would otherwise be engaged in domestic labor, or at high risk of entering the workforce, are able to attend school. Working with the families, the organization enrolled the girls in school, providing a safe space for convening and with resources and support to adapt to an educational environment, such as school uniforms, shoes and learning materials. Each family will pokiesnzonline.com receive a monthly stipend, and the organization and the school will continue to work with the families and the community to highlight the importance of girls’ education.