Malala Fund

Malala Fund @malalafund

Malala Fund is the official organisation led by Malala Yousafzai focused on ensuring all girls get a free, safe, quality 12yrs of education.

This year, Malala travelled to Africa, Latin America, Middle East and North America to meet girls who fight the toughest barriers to be in school. This week, she made her final stop in New York City with Najlaa and Marie Claire—girls she met on her #GirlPowerTrip. Together, they told presidents and prime ministers at #UNGA2017 to invest in girls' education. Najlaa and Marie Claire are excited to share stories from their trip. Watch this space for a takeover!
"I was lucky to have a mother and a father who gave me the opportunity to learn. Every girl deserves this same support." — Malala
11-year-old Nura, from Istanbul, Turkey, wrote Malala to say, "I want to go to school to learn how to read and write and also to make new friends." She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Malala asked her father Ziauddin to give Nura some advice.
☝🏽Our favourite #GirlPowerTrip moments. 😍 1. Mexico 2. Nigeria 3. Iraq 4. Canada 5. Lancaster, PA
17-year-old Danitza from Lima, Peru, wrote Malala a postcard for her #GirlPowerTrip. Here's how Malala responded! 👌🏽
Sydney, 15, and Alma, 16, are indigenous girls from Oaxaca, Mexico. They want every girl in their community to be in school. While laws in Mexico grant every girl the right, education remains out of reach for many girls across the country—and particularly for girls in Oaxaca. “My mother only went to school until fifth grade and now washes people’s clothes to survive — the money is often not enough. I think school is necessary to help me build a better life where we can afford our bread every day.” — Alma
A look back at an afternoon Malala spent with girls in Mexico City. [📸: @aliciavera ]
Mariana was raised by a single mother and grandmother in Guanajuato, Mexico. She learned to value education and female independence from a young age and believes that “Women can have it all — we just have to believe it." When Mariana met Malala in Mexico City, they talked about the challenges girls face in Latin America.
Luiza wore her favourite Frida Kahlo and “We Can Do It” pins to meet Malala. The 15-year-old from São Paulo had sent Malala a postcard about poor quality of government schools in Brazil. Last week, she got to meet her in Mexico City—and discuss girls' education in person.
María is one of 7.2 million people displaced by Colombia’s civil conflict. She and her siblings lived in gang-infested settlements, informal shelters and overcrowded rooms, sometimes forced to relocate as often as every few days. But María kept strong by focusing on education and after school activities. Today, she's determined to raise awareness of displaced people. Last week, she shared her story with Malala in Mexico City. [📸: @aliciavera ]
In Mexico, Malala met girls from across Latin America. One of these girls is 15-year-old Sydney from Oaxaca, Mexico. "When Sydney's grandfather said her role was to cook and clean, she convinced him of the value of going to school. Her grandmother married at 15 and never learned to read or write, so Sydney is determined to make the women in her family proud and complete her education." — Malala [📸: @aliciavera ]
Malala spent the afternoon with Maria from Colombia, Alma, Sydney and Mariana from Mexico, and Luiza from Brazil. They talked about the barriers to girls’ education — and learned how to make tortillas and salsa! 🍅
Young women artists in Mexico created this stunning image to welcome Malala. 👌🏽👌🏽 [🎨: @atentamenteunafresa + @sofiacastellanosart + @bili.bala + @natashakroupensky of @colectivotlatoa]
"The Girl Power Trip is really about me listening to girls—hearing their stories and the challenges they face in going to school. I do try to encourage them, but they don't need my advice. They have faced incredible hardships like child marriage, wars, and poverty—and they're still so determined to go to school." — Malala
Graciela, now 19, is one of 6.8 million women in Mexico who married before turning 18. She dropped out of school to take care of her son. Graciela believes that with education, “You can know what to say. You don’t stay silent.” This week, Malala is in Mexico to speak up for girls like Graciela. -----------------------------------------------Graciela ahora tiene 19 años, y es una de las 6,8 millones de mujeres en México que contraen matrimonio antes de cumplir 18 años. Abandonó la escuela para cuidar de su hijo, y considera que cuando tienes educación, "sabes qué decir, y no te quedas en silencio". Esta semana, Malala está de visita en México para hablar en nombre de jóvenes como Graciela. #GirlPowerTrip @fullerproject
Like most teenage girls in Ecuador, Daniela loves to play soccer. But she couldn't compete in her team's championship game — she was pregnant. Link in bio.
Alejandra's voice is heard on the radios across Guatemala. "What I enjoy the most about recording a radio spot is that I can hear my own voice and know that what I'm saying can have an impact in the lives of many people—especially girls and boys all over the country," she says. @weriseuptogether
Daniela, from Ecuador became a mother at 14 — and she stayed in school for her son. She loves all her classes except "Inglés y matemáticas" (English and math). Next week, Malala will be in the Latin America to meet girls like Daniela and hear their stories.
Aleta, 15, lives in "Complexo do Alemão", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Brazil, the rate of pregnancy among teens is twice as high as adults — and it's increasing at a higher rate in the favelas. [📸: @christian_foto | @prime_collective ]
Taiana, 16, became a mother at 15 and lived in Complexo do Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother. Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after they began dating, she got pregnant. After three months, her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back someday and study medicine. [📸: @christian_foto | @prime_collective ]