When crisis forces families to make difficult decisions about schooling for their children, often it is young girls who are kept at home and denied a chance at a better life. In places like Afghanistan, Congo or Lebanon, including girls in schools is critical: educated girls become smart, strong women committed to leading their communities toward stability. $58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a girl needs to attend school for a year, with help from International Rescue Committee.
Laurel Rahn, my third grader, has chosen to do a holiday fundraiser for IRC in support of their work with refugees and families in impoverished countries, particularly their work in educating girls, stopping violence against women and girls, increasing access to healthcare, and increasing access to clean drinking water. I have vetted IRC and found them to be good stewards of their contribution money. More information can be found about IRC's work here: https://www.rescue.org/page/ircs-impact-glance