Be K.I.N.D. To a Girl in Malawi: Provide a Scholarship

Education is a child’s passport to a brighter future. For girls in particular, education offers the chance for independence and a healthier life. Girls who are educated are less likely to be exploited, less likely to fall victim to trafficking, less likely to be infected with HIV, and less likely to die during childbirth. An educated woman’s children are also more likely to survive and stay healthy.

In Malawi, only 7% of girls complete their education; most drop out by the time they reach puberty. In rural areas of Malawi, girls make up only 9% of all secondary school students. One reason for high drop-out rates is the cost: unlike primary education, secondary education isn't free. In areas with no secondary school nearby, girls have to travel long distances each day or pay for their own room and board. In a country where more than 40% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, the cost of a girls’ secondary education—tuition, rent, transportation, books, a uniform, and other materials—is prohibitive for most families.

Join the UNICEF USA and MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" in an effort to provide scholarships for 2,000 Malawian girls for all four years of secondary school. Priority will be given to girls from rural areas of Malawi who are most in danger of missing out on an education. Local Parent Teacher Associations will identify those most in need, including orphans and other vulnerable children.

What Your Money Can Buy

These kids need desks! And scholarships too.

A gift of $177 funds one year of a girls’ education and provides tuition, room and board, text books, transportation, a school uniform, and learning supplies.

K.I.N.D. on The Last Word

Learn more about K.I.N.D. on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."

By making a tax-deductible donation to the UNICEF USA, you can give a girl the opportunity to achieve her dreams. If you make your donation in honor of a friend or family member, and we'll send them an eCard to notify them of your gift.

If you prefer, you can call 1-800-4-UNICEF (1-800-486-4233) to donate by phone. K.I.N.D. also helps students in Malawi by providing desks to local schools. You can also choose to provide desks to students in Malawi.

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