WATCHUNG — Organizations like the United Nations have long asserted that the empowerment of young women can have a profound effect on the global economy and the social and political landscape, particularly in the developing world. Since 2009, students at Mount Saint Mary Academy have worked to assist young women in other parts of the world through the gift of an education.
Grateful for their own schooling in an atmosphere designed to empower girls, the Academy’s Student Council launched the 50-50 Challenge, a campaign aimed at paying for the schooling, books, food, and clothing of young girls in need in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. The name of the initiative came from the increments of funds the Student Council hoped to raise; $50 allows one student in the developing world to attend school for an entire year.
The Mount’s latest effort, initiated in conjunction with the Mercy Sponsored Works, centered on a Sudanese school badly damaged by storms in an area where it is already difficult for girls to gain access to an education. The Miles for Mercy Walk-a-Thon, which took place on Friday, April 26, on the school’s Angels of Victory Field, was a major component to this year’s campaign. Students, faculty, and staff walked the track, sponsored by family, friends, and members of the Mount community. The effort raised nearly $2,700, enough to send 53 girls to school for a year.
Over the past four years, Mount students have raised enough money to fund the educations of 250 young women in other parts of the world.
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