Picture of the Week: Girls Learn and Grow Together

© Barbara Lee

Picture of the week

“In the Maasai community of Kenya, 52% of girls never enroll in school. There are many reasons: economic restraints, far walking distances to the nearest school, household chores, and forced child marriages, to name a few. At Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF), girls like Lydia and her friend are granted an opportunity that will last a lifetime: to be able to read.”

This picture and essay about young girls in Kenya was submitted to the 2012 Reading Changed My Life Contest by Barbara Lee from the United States.

Take a look at some of the nearly 1,000 photos and videos submitted to the Reading Changed My Life Photo and Video Contest and then get involved in helping children learn and grow.


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