US Ambassador commemorates the International Day of the Girl Child

 
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ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (TNS): American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale commemorated  the International Day of the Girl Child at an event celebrating the U.S. government’s commitment to girls’ education and women’s opportunities, equality, and advancement.

The event highlighted local organizations throughout Pakistan that receive the Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) and work to improve the lives of girls in Pakistan.

At the event, Ambassador Hale said, “When girls are educated, they can make better futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries.  The United States government invests heavily in educating and enabling girls; and through the Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program, the American people have worked with Pakistani NGOs to improve the lives of over a million Pakistani women.”

The event featured a screening of “Second Chance at Hope,” a documentary about the inspiring achievements of young girls in Baluchistan.  There was also a sign language performance of the Pakistani national anthem by students of the USAID supported Anjuman Nawjawanan Charsadda.  The girls from CEENA Health and Welfare Services – a USAID supported orphanage – presented an inspiring tableau performance of Allama Iqbal’s poem “Lab Pai Ati Hai Dua.”