Today we celebrate International Day of the Girl, which is an international observance day declared by the United Nations for the purpose of increasing awareness around issues that girls face around the world.
More than 62 million girls around the world have no access to education. We are grateful that we can be a small part of changing that narrative through sponsorship of the girls in our program in Kenya and in India.
The US Agency for International Development summarizes it best here:
"Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women, and it shouldn’t be a luxury. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives. They gain the skills, knowledge and self-confidence to escape the cycle of poverty. They become better citizens, parents and breadwinners. An educated girl has a positive ripple effect on her health, family, community and society as a whole."
Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Asbjørn Eidhammer proclaims, “Educating girls is the single most powerful investment for development. When you educate a girl, you educate a nation,”
It seems fitting that we received some wonderful news about one of our girls in India today as a way to mark the International Day of the Girls. Devera Bapanamma Bhargavi has been a part of Children of the Kingdom since 2015. She has completed nursing school this year and was just offered a job this past week. We celebrate her hard work, give thanks for her sponsors who have come alongside her to support her education, and look forward to seeing how she will be an agent of change in her family, community and beyond.
Thank you for your commitment to our girls in Children of the Kingdom. When these girls and women are empowered, everyone benefits.
Join us in praying for safety, protection, and increased opportunities for girls and women around the world:
LORD, WE PRAY FOR GIRLS WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE INSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. WE PRAY YOU WILL BREAK INTO THEIR WORLD AND REMOVE THE OBSTACLES THAT LIE IN THEIR WAY. TEACH THEM HOW PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE. STRENGTHEN THEM TO PERSEVERE AND TO LIVE THE ABUNDANT LIFE THAT YOU INTEND FOR THEM.