I saw Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools, on Tuesday night at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. He spoke of the tens of thousands of children including girls throughout Afghanistan, with the help of the Central Asia Institute and other NGO's, that are now attending schools which was not even an option 10 years ago. These young girls, who finally have the opportunity to go to school, are learning to read AND teaching their mothers to read. Now, women are being empowered.... and are forming groups to empower each other. I believe positive change is inevitable.
I pray that Afghanistan, with so many strong and courageous people, will regain her past glory during my lifetime.
"Educate a boy, and your educate and individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community"
~ An African proverb told by Greg Mortenson ~