When you make a purchase at LESOUQUE, we donate a portion of our profits to the Malala Fund to help support the education of girls around the world. Inspired and led by Malala’s example, the Malala Fund works to secure girls’ rights to a minimum of 12 years of quality education.
Why girls’ education?
Supporting girls’ education has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve supported the cause one way or another for a long time. Here is why:
I am successful today because I grew up in a progressive environment in Turkey and was fortunate to have access to a strong education. But my experience working at apparel factories (see my story here) and my global travels, over the years, have done much to emphasize in my mind, how lucky I am, and how rare it is in most parts of the world for a girl to have that kind of access.
There are over 62 million girls out of school around the world because they are girls. Girls are severely disadvantaged and often excluded from education systems throughout their lives. We live in a world where girls get shot or kidnapped because they want to go to school - a simple human right. In 70 countries, girls face violence for trying to go to school .
The Malala Fund is one of the rare organizations that is committed to supporting girls’ education in some of the world’s toughest places at all costs. Girls in some countries are going through some of the most dire crises of our times - the Syrian war, the threat of the Taliban in Pakistan, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It becomes more tricky to provide education support under these difficult circumstances. The Malala Fund, however, has the foundation to just do that.
We are small but we believe nothing is insignificant. As we grow so will our contribution. Our commitment to girls’ education is firm and for the long term. In the future, we hope to work with even more non-profits dedicated to girls’ education.
Help us grow. Help us give to girls’ education.
Gokben Yamandag, Founder