We Americans take public education for granted. But
in many parts of the world, even completing
elementary school is a challenge, especially if you're
a girl. Putting our volunteer efforts toward global
education is critical, because with education comes
reduced poverty, disease and violence as well as a
rise in empowerment and entrepreneurship. Read on
to see what you can do to support global education.
Also, be sure to check out the much-better Doing Good
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
||Participate with Pennies
Make a Difference...
Two widely respected programs deserve your family's
Pennies for Peace.
Rally your family -or your
whole school or community group -- to collect pennies
to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's
easy using the Pennies for Peace toolkit. This
charitable organization, founded by Greg Mortenson,
coauthor of Three Cups of Tea also
encourages supporters to integrate cultural education
into their campaigns.
Check out the For
Kids! section of their website.
CAMFED(Campaign for Female Education).
CAMFED equips African women and girls with
long-term support, from elementary school through
business training and beyond. Your family can raise
awareness by hosting a movie night where you
show "Where the Water Meets the Sky," a film
illustrating CAMFED's mission. Or read about how
folks have raised money for CAMFED and come up
with your own creative fundraiser. Find out more at
||Exploring the Power of Education
Talk About It...
Why do you think education is important?
What are some lessons and skills you
have learned in school?
How could educating youth benefit a
society, especially those in poverty?
What are ways your family can support
It's easy to forget to be grateful for the opportunity to
get an education. Talk together about how your lives
would be different if schooling was not available to
Learn About It...
Greg Mortenson's story, how he came to help build
schools throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, can be
an inspiration for all ages. He has written books for
children and adults. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and
Three Cups of Tea, with amazing
collages by Susan L. Roth, is a picture book for ages
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote
Peace . . . One School at a Time, coauthored
by David Oliver Relin, comes in an adult and young
Photo: Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and
Three Cups of Tea
"A penny in the United States doesn't even buy a
piece of gum, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan, one
penny buys a pencil, and one dollar funds one child's
education for a whole month."
Mortenson, Listen to the Wind
||News From DGT
Doing Good Together has a new
website with an expanded list of volunteer project
ideas for you; a space to share your family's
volunteer story and photos; a blog on family service
and raising compassionate kids; a Facebook page
to keep you up-to-date on DGT happenings, and much
more. Please visit often!