Circle of Women
Rating: 5 stars 18 reviews
Location: P.O Box 381365 Cambridge MA 02238 USA
Results: In 2009, after 18 months of construction and fundraising about $180,000, Circle opened the doors to its first girls school. The two-story building has twelve classrooms that service the community as a gathering place after school hours. Local leaders registered the school with the Afghan Ministry of Education and designed the curriculum after state standards. In 2010, after the major earthquake hit Pakistan and badly damaged the local secondary school for girls, Circle of Women, in partnership with the Nathiagali Residence Committee, embarked on a large-scale re-building of the girls’ school involving the construction and installation of four new bathrooms and a septic tank, a computer lab, two drinking water tanks and a library. Currently, Circle of Women is building a boarding house in Cumbum, India, to increase access to education for girls who would otherwise have to stay at home because of recent increases in reports of sexual assault, and the single-sex (male-only) policy of many local hostels.
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Circle of Women is a great organization that has helped (and continues to help) hundreds of girls gain access to education that they would otherwise not have access to. Equally important, Circle of Women has empowered its members (college students) and armed them with the tools to build an organization and create change. What I love about Circle of Women is that they are not just providing poor girls with access to the classroom, but also teaching others that through hard work, thoughtful strategy, and teamwork anything is possible.
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