May Shared Plate Recipient K.I.N.D. UNICEF USA

The Kids in Need of Desks (K.I.N.D.) campaign, launched in 2010 by UNICEF USA and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, aims to provide that missing piece of classroom equipment that can make all the difference for young learners. In Malawi, more than half of all students do not have a desk or a chair. Instead, they attend class by sitting on the floor or on the ground.

In addition, K.I.N.D. also provides secondary school scholarships to Malawian girls who are most in danger of missing out on an education. In Malawi, girls don’t typically get the chance to attend secondary school — in part because of secondary school fees. In a country where more than half the population lives on less than $2 a day, the cost of a girl’s secondary education is prohibitive for most families. Happiness, 15, was able to stay in school thanks to a scholarship provided through the K.I.N.D. Fund. Asked what would happen to her if school fees were not paid, Happiness replied, “Here in Malawi, girls marry at early ages. So at 15, maybe I would have been married by now.”

A K.I.N.D. scholarship can make all the difference to a girl who wants more education. Since the program started it has raised over $38 million and benefitted more than 1.1 million students across the country.

Please support this worthy program generously.