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.

Thanks to Nigerian filmmakers Ijeoma and Ema, Malala heard the story of Taiwo and Kehinde, twin sisters living in Lagos. The sisters had to quit school when their mother got sick. Now they work 12 hours a day to support their family. "Their story gives people an insight into the lives of the young children we see everyday trading on the side of the road. It shows how basic education, which many people take for granted in Nigeria and around the world, is not a right for millions of children." — Ijeoma @fullerproject
"I can stand with [girls] and support them, but they don’t need me or anyone to tell them how to fight for their rights. They’re already fighting." — Malala Read more at [Image: @thelilynews ]
Malala began her global #GirlPowerTrip to meet with girls around the world and hear their stories. Each girl has a unique story to tell —  and their voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. In April, she visited the U.S. and Canada. This month, she was in Iraq and Nigeria. Up next? Latin America!
During her Girl Power Trip stop in Nigeria, Malala spent a day in Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria. There she met 15-year-old student Tabitha, who gave Malala a tour of her school and even introduced some of her classmates. Tabitha’s school reopened after a two year closure, during which the school was used as a temporary shelter for people fleeing Boko Haram. She hopes to attend university and become a doctor. Her classmates want to be lawyers, journalists and teachers. The Nigerian government allocated only 6.1% of the federal budget to education this year. Tabitha and her classmates can make their dreams a reality. But tens of millions of girls in Nigeria won’t have that opportunity if they're out of school. Tabitha says she hopes to see girls across Nigeria “one and united in going to school.”
Joyce was a teenager when the 276 girls were taken from their school by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. She says she still remembers the “ripples of fear and shock” it sent across her community. Joyce refused to stay silent and chose to help combat hopelessness and inspire her community to take action. @wagggs_world
When Malala arrived in Nigeria — the latest stop on her Girl Power Trip — she reunited with a dear friend, 20-year-old student Amina. After first meeting in 2014 when Amina accompanied Malala to her Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, the two joined forces the following year to advocate for girls’ education at the United Nations General Assembly. The girls talked about recently graduating from secondary school and their plans for university — they just need their exam results! Malala and Amina agreed it is very stressful waiting to hear how they did.
Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, but has the highest number of out-of-school girls in the world! Since Malala’s last trip to the country three years ago, the government cut funding for education. On her trip this week, Malala asked the Acting President to invest in girls’ education.
During Malala’s #GirlPowerTrip stop in Kurdistan, she heard the stories of two courageous Yazidi teenagers — Najla and Hadea — who are pursuing their education after escaping child marriages and ISIS. Before she ran away in her wedding dress, Najla told her would-be husband, “I have a dream to be a journalist and I am too young.” Hadea wants to become a writer one day. She proudly told Malala that she is the top student in her class. When ISIS invaded their new homes and halted their education, Najla and Hadea fled one more time. The Yazidis are a Kurdish religious minority persecuted by ISIS — more than 5,500 of them have been killed in Iraq. Today, the girls live in a construction site and walk an hour to get to school. But they are happy to be free and back in a classroom. Give today to tell these girls they don’t have to fight alone. Link in bio. [📸: @malinfezehai ]
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Malala spent an afternoon in a bookstore in Kurdistan meeting Syrian refugee scholarship students who are enrolled in nearby universities. Nalin, Shinda, Alva and Nergez shared their stories and offered Malala some advice on going to university. For these brave women, the path to higher education was not easy. Nergez worried she wouldn’t be able to pursue her studies as a refugee. “When I left, I thought I left my dreams behind in Damascus,” she said. Shinda was out of school for a year after fleeing Syria. They hope to use the tools and leadership skills they are learning to rebuild their home country when they return. As Nergez said, “I am working so that I can return to Syria and serve the people there.” #GirlPowerTrip [📸: @malinfezehai ]
16-year-old Kurdish student Zuhdya described her evening celebrating Malala's birthday as "one of the best of my life.” #GirlPowerTrip [📸: @malinfezehai ]
On her birthday, Malala’s visiting a camp in Iraq for Mosul evacuees. Here she met Nayir, a 13-year-old girl who endured ISIS occupation before escaping with her family. She couldn’t go to school for the last three years. When she arrived at the camp, she was determined to continue her education. "No matter what, nothing will keep me from finishing my studies." — Nayir
Malala spent her birthday in Iraq sharing cotton candy and riding the ferris wheel with girls forced out of school by violence in Mosul and other towns. She arrived just as the government declared victory in Mosul. “Fighting in the streets may be over, but our fight for girls continues,” she says. #girlpowertrip (📸: @malinfezehai) Link in bio.
Happy birthday, Malala! #GirlPowerTrip is back! Malala is in Iraq meeting girls forced out of school by violence in Mosul and other towns. Now free, they celebrated Malala's birthday with bumper cars and cotton candy. Link in bio. Swipe ⬅️ [📸: @malinfezehai ]
It's Malala's last day of school! She says, "I promise to ​keep fighting​ until the day that every girl can put on her uniform, pack up her books and walk to school without fear." [Link in bio]
This summer Malala’s on her #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls around the world. 500 girls from more than 50 countries sent her postcards — and she responded! Link in bio
By 17, Zaynab was a refugee of three wars. When she resettled in Minnesota, Zaynab was thrilled to discover that not only could she continue her education, but she could also play on a soccer team — something women were not permitted to do in the other countries where she lived. Now she is the captain of her soccer team and is redefining the image of refugees, one tournament at a time. #WorldRefugeeDay Read more:
"He never clipped my wings, he let me fly, he let me achieve my goals." — Malala Happy #FathersDay!
Do you have a message for Malala? Send her a postcard for her #GirlPowerTrip! Follow the link in our bio.
Malala is on a mission — a #GirlPowerTrip —  to meet girls around the world, hear their stories and take their messages directly to world leaders. While she can’t meet with every girl, she can hear from us! Tell her why girls are out of school in your community or how you’re fighting for girls’ education. Follow the link in our bio to send a postcard to Malala today.