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    Peter Biro

    How You Can Help

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    Amina is like most refugee girls—so much courage, so much potential, and yet so few opportunities. School is often not an option and there are few ways to earn money safely. They lead their lives with the daily threat of exploitation or assault; worrying every time they go out to fetch water or collect firewood that they will be harassed or attacked.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission is working to change this. Through our Protecting and Empowering Displaced Adolescent Girls initiative, we are advocating for policies and programs that will allow refugee girls to have a better life. Our vision is a world in which every Amina is safe, healthy and self-reliant—a world in which they have a chance to learn, to grow and to thrive. We hope you will join us in making this vision a reality.

    While we advocate for change among humanitarian agencies and governments, there are four things you can do to help today.

    • First, read and share Amina’s journal describing what it's like to live in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Check back here regularly to follow her story. And you can join our communities on Facebook and Twitter to stay involved.
    • Second, give to the Women’s Refugee Commission and support our work on behalf of displaced adolescent girls and their families. With your help we can make a positive difference in their lives.
    • Third, recruit your friends to raise money in your school or community through a bake sale or raffle, or by doing volunteer work such as raking leaves or washing cars. Contribute the proceeds to the Women’s Refugee Commission.
    • Fourth, take action. Write your representative to urge him or her to pass the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which will help keep girls around the world safe and hold governments accountable in enforcing laws banning child marriage.

    You can make a difference in ensuring girls like Amina have the opportunities they deserve and desperately need.