Dear Fellow Homeschooler,
This is Rebecca Kochenderfer from Homeschool.com.
I just had the
most amazing breakfast meeting with Marilyn Mosley and I'd really like to tell
you about it. Marilyn is the founder of Laurel Springs School and she is one of
the best human beings I have ever known. Several years ago she sold her beloved
Laurel Springs School to Nobel Learning (who has been doing a great job).
Instead of taking the proceeds and buying a private island or a castle
somewhere, Marilyn started a non-prophet called
If you're looking for an honest, reputable organization to donate to this
holiday season (or any time during the year), this might be THE ONE for you.
So many times we are moved to donate to a charity, but then we find out that the
charity uses our money for their own salaries or expenses. This is not the case
- 100% of what you donate goes to families that truly need your help.
Everyone deserves an education. But in Afghanistan, girls are not allowed to go
to school and because of poverty, and their parents inability to afford food for
the family, girls are often sold, and forced to marry at the age of 11 or 12.
This is where Marilyn and
steps in. She gives a family money for food IF and only IF the family allows
their daughters to attend school. Another thing Marilyn does that I think is
brilliant is that she gives the money only to the wives, because the men have a
reputation for taking the money and using it on themselves.
even has BBC reporters involved. To check on compliance, she provides reporters
with a special international cell phone so they can check on the families, make
sure the girls are OK, and make sure the girls are allowed to attend school.
I know you care about education as much as I do, so I've asked Marilyn to tell
you a bit more about her wonderful program. I know Marilyn - I've worked with
her for 20 years. I trust her.
You can donate to
and know that you are changing a girl's life.
In her own words, here is Marilyn's story...
Rebecca, thank you so much for
your kind and generous words. I love the work you do and the support you provide
For the past 40 years I
have educated children from over 75 countries, but I never had the opportunity
help children in Afghanistan.
Children have been the main focus in my life. I homeschooled my three children,
and I created Laurel Springs School.
It all began when my daughter Ramaa Mosley, a commercial director, was invited
to film the true story of Amina, a little girl in Afghanistan who was forced to
marry at eleven and gave birth to a baby boy at age 12. After completing the
documentary, Ramaa asked me to view the first draft and the various edits she
made. At first, I could barely believe what I was seeing - it was so painful.
After many viewings, I realized I needed to help - I had to help. It was time to
reach out to children yearning for an education, girls who were denied an
education because their parents had no money for food and were either forced to
beg on the street or were
sold into marriage.
arranged for me to meet with Zari, the BBC reporter who interviewed Amina in
Afghanistan. Zari grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan and escaped with her parents, 6
sisters and brother to the UK. Zari believed that if we provided families with
food, they would gladly send their daughters to school. She knew that many
families were surviving on as little as $1.00 per month. So, Zari, Ramaa and I
is how it works. Food4School provides each family with $60 a month for food and
school supplies. All our parents agree to send their children to school. Each
month our team checks on our families and makes sure the children have food,
supplies and transportation. When we first started, many of the children endured
the freezing winter without proper jackets and shoes. We also provide them with
shoes, jackets, and school
| We have a wonderful
female and male team
that visit with our families (it is not safe for a woman to go alone). They are
our eyes and ears on the ground and are dedicated and super caring. They visit
our children monthly and also call to check on them.
always give the funds directly to the mothers. This ensures the money is used
for their children.
Many of our mothers are widows whose husbands were killed during the war. Many
have been abandoned by their families. Not only have they lost their husbands,
but they have also lost their income, support and dignity.
Before we found them, they were close to starvation.
am so grateful that Food4School is working so well. We have helped more than
228 children, and we have saved 11 girls from an early marriage. We have
had students graduate from elementary, junior high and high school.
Our families are doing so well, and are even taking vocational classes or
starting small businesses.
Every child is special to me and I look forward to sharing with you their photos
and more about their lives. We would also love to share your letters, and words
of support with our families. It means so much for them to know they are not
It is hard to imagine that $60 can change the fate of a child, feed a family for
an entire month and provide necessities like clothing. But as Pope Francis said
after saving 12 refugees, "It's
a drop in the ocean, but after this drop the ocean will never be the same
again." That is how I feel
Our children will never be the same.
I invite you to
donate to Food4School
and give a child a new life, food and an education. I promise you all funds
donated are sent directly to Afghanistan to help these children.
quote one of our mothers, "Now I believe that humanity is still alive."
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