Could you endure as an orphan, forced to pick through garbage dumps in Cambodia to survive? I watched nine similar stories unfold in the movie “Girl Rising,” shown recently at the Galaxy Theater.
This compelling and powerful documentary shows the daily reality and represents millions of girls globally. But they were able to rise above their lot through education and persistence.
Educating a girl can break the cycle of poverty in one generation. Seventy percent of the world’s illiterate are female. But why should we care?
To paraphrase Nelson Mandela, the way to bring peace to the world is to educate a girl. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their kids to school.
Results.org is a grassroots, voluntary advocacy organization that works to end extreme poverty world wide. Just as it was the grassroots efforts of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders, which precipitated blacks in finally achieving less discrimination, grassroots efforts like Girl Rising and Results.org can bring real change.