For those of you who know my obsession with purple, you will know that my support of a purple school for the Deaf is no surprise. In 2009, I went to visit Humble Hearts school and met founder Beatrice pictured here. She showed me around and introduced me to students and teachers. Then we went to the land that had been bought for the new school–lovely, spacious, far from the slums where the current school was, and surrounded by green space. I loved the concept. Over the years I have participated in projects that sent funds to Humble Hearts and last night was no exception.
For International Women’s Day, the film Girl Rising, composed of 9 compelling stories about educating girls around the world, was shown to a sold out house. Proceeds will go to Humble Hearts and AVLIC 2014 (a conference coming up for ASL-English interpreters). I have been so busy planning this and a few other events this week that I have not been able to blog much. The reaction after the film was similar to mine when I saw it last fall and knew I needed to bring it to my community. People wanted to buy it–they wanted to see it again.
The education of girls is near and dear to my heart. I have witnessed first hand its importance in Guatemala, Kenya, and Burundi. Girls must rise in our world. We must take every opportunity to support them and ensure that they are educated. Today is a day to recognize the phenomenal opportunities women can possess. I am so glad that the event last night heightened people’s awareness of what girls experience in developing countries.
Take a moment to pray for girls today. Theirs can be an arduous journey.