I love the idea of Giving Tuesday–after a week of, frankly, excess, it feels so good to give back. I might be cutting back on spending this year, and I’ve never been one to overindulge in turkey, but Giving Tuesday is still a day I look forward to each year.
This year, I wanted to highlight one specific nonprofit I began donating to this year–Sahar Education. Sahar is a nonprofit that helps to fund girls’ education in Afghanistan–building schools, training teachers, and preventing early marriage, among other initiatives (read more here.) With the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban following the US’s withdrawal, Sahar’s mission is more crucial than ever.
Sahar is guided by an exceptional Executive Director, a former schoolmate of mine who was one of the first students to participate in our school’s education initiative, to help provide full scholarships to girls in Afghanistan to come live and learn in the United States. I’m proud of my schoolmate and friend, and the work she is doing. If you are able, I would urge you to read more about Sahar’s mission, and donate if you can.
I have two other nonprofits I’d also like to mention here. One is No One Left Behind, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting with the resettlement of Afghans who helped US troops in Afghanistan. Another, far better known, is Doctors Without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres, another group doing vital work in Afghanistan and around the world. You can direct your donation to Afghanistan, or donate to an unrestricted fund to help around the world.
What nonprofits do you support, and where are you donating today?