Hill and I decided to see if our wedding could be used as a way to bring awareness to a cause that is important to us. Hill knows how important my grandmother, Vivian, was to me. She was more than just a grandma to me. She was my rock, my personal cheer section in my triumphs, and my shoulder to lean on when I needed it most. She was my role model, and showed me what a strong, confident woman can accomplish.
Grandma befriended a number of extraordinary women in her lifetime that are making a difference in the world. One of those incredible women is Razia Jan, who was brave enough to start a school for girls in Afghanistan. This school has opened doors to possibilities that could not have been imagined before, possibilities allowing girls in Afghanistan the ability to become educated and pursue careers.
My grandmother passed away in August of 2016 at the age of 97. Razia's incredible charity touched my grandmother. Before her passing, she signed up to sponsor multiple girls. There is a swing in the playground at the school in Afghanistan that is dedicated to my grandmother, who's favorite poem was The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson. Nearly one hundred years ago, my grandmother used to go up in her swing and look out to the horizon, dreaming of possibilities and the future ahead of her. Today, hundreds of girls in Afghanistan can also look up to the horizons and dream on that swing, just like Grandma did.
Grandma's connection with Razia was special, and the difference Razia's foundation is making in the lives of hundreds of girls in Afghanistan is nothing short of amazing. Please consider donating if you can!