How do you solve those dogged social problems, the really painful ones, the ones that draw the harsh contrasts between rich and poor, privileged and disadvantaged? Well, sometimes, the solution emerges from the smallest of steps and in the most unexpected of places. It begins with just one person, eight dollars, and a vision.
Life has improved in concrete ways for millions of children around the world, and the progress for girls is especially notable. Despite these improvements, however, there is much to do, and the work is complex because the challenges girls face are unique. In too many cases, a school is not a safe haven of learning but a place of harassment and exploitation.