Have you heard?

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel

I am privileged to have three very strong, young women in my family. My daughter Vanessa who is just beginning her third year of medical school was the first daughter in my life.

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My daughter-in-love, Daniella, is a fabulous mom to Noah and is expecting our first granddaughter, Mia, in June. The four of them were looking great on Easter Sunday:

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My niece, Nina, is a freshman at Oberlin College.

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I was hard-pressed to track Nina down on campus when I traveled to Oberlin, Ohio this week. She has immersed herself in college life.

I love my girls. I am blessed to have them in my life. They are smart, vibrant, and full of plans for their future. I am confident that their lives will have a positive impact on our world. But have you heard life for women and girls in some parts of the world is quite different than the lives my girls lead? Have you heard Boko Haram has not yet brought back the 200 girls they kidnapped in Nigeria? Have you heard about the public murder of Farkhunda in Kabul just a few short days ago? If you haven’t, you can read a synopsis in this CNN article: “Women’s Rights in Afghanistan”.

I have been so distressed about the worsening conditions for women around the world and the injustices they endure I have been researching positive actions I could take in response. If you have been reading my blog for long, you know I have been supporting the work of Cambodian Care Ministries. and SHE Rescue Home in Cambodia.

Just recently, I learned about a ground-breaking school for girls in a rural village outside of Kabul in Afghanistan: the Zabuli Education Center. In 2012, the school’s courageous founder, Razia Jan, was named a CNN Top 10 Hero. I have decided to support a little girl at the Zabuli Education Center as a way of shaking my fist at injustice and providing a girl with an education.

What have you heard that makes you want to take an action to make a positive difference?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2 thoughts on “Have you heard?

  1. I enjoyed this post, Linda! I feel strongly that we have an obligation to act when we can, whether it be with our fiscal resources, or our efforts of some other kind — there is always a way to help. Hope you can share when your little girl in Afghanistan starts communicating with you!

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