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Celebrating Sonia Shah Organization’s 5th Anniversary

This fall, we are celebrating Sonia Shah Organization’s 5th anniversary! We hope you will join us on September 8th at the Logan Square Auditorium for our very special gala dinner. Performances by artist Aleem (@aleemmusic) and Safina Lavji from the Arthur Murray dance center will entertain and inspire our guests.

Importantly, as we celebrate this milestone, we want to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished as we make progress towards our mission and vision.

Sonia Shah Organization engages, educates and empowers underprivileged girls and women. We envision a world where every girl has a chance to change her life and communities around her through education and training.

In the words of our late founder, Sonia, we are changing the world one girl at a time.

WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED

Since our founding, we have built a school in Kangra, Pakistan that educates underprivileged children mostly girls and train women in the Vocational Center. Currently, we have 170 students with 110 girls in Sonia Shah School. Accomplishments include:

  • Free uniforms and medical check-ups for all students
  • Solar panels that generate uninterrupted electricity
  • Smart Boards and computers, and soon, Kindles, for the students
  • A water filtration system for the school and the village

We have open the Sonia Shah Scholarship program for women here in the US, offering university scholarships to women who are unable to fund their higher education otherwise. So far we have awarded 4 college scholarship for young women attending community and private 4-year college

Girls at Sonia Shah School

WHAT’S NEXT

As a nonprofit organization with no full-time employees and a lean operation, we are thrilled to have reached this 5th-anniversary milestone. We are entirely run on the support of our donors and hope that people who value justice and women’s rights will come to celebrate at our gala in September with us.

We will continue to work tirelessly to educate girls in Pakistan and here in the US, promoting literacy, professional skills, and gender equality — now and for years to come.

We are thrilled to celebrate the Organization’s progress with you at our Gala this September and hope that you will join us in a night of music, dancing, food , nd revelry as we make progress towards achieving our goals of education and empowering women both in Pakistan and here in the US. Get your tickets HERE.

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Help Us End the Year Right: A Message from Iram

My daughter Sonia had a vision, a dream that she left us when she was taken from us all too soon. Her dream was simple: A world in which all girls have the same opportunities for education that she had. For them to have the opportunities to change their lives; to be anything they imagine; to break the cycle for good, for good.

Today, four years after her death, the Sonia Shah Memorial School in Kangra, Pakistan, is thriving. The school is a safe place for students and teachers to teach and learn, inspire and create. A place where girls dare to dream of their role in building a better, more peaceful world.  The school is, truly, Sonia’s dream manifest.

The school is, truly, Sonia’s dream manifest.

Sonia knew in her heart that when we educate girls, we do so much more than teach them to read and write.

We…

  • empower them,
  • improve basic hygiene and health care,
  • decrease the chances of child marriage,
  • spark imagination, intellect and curiosity,
  • fight poverty,
  • and create future leaders.

We simply change the world — for the better!

The world we know today seems to pose more questions than answers. But if you stand with us, you make a positive impact… you provide hope.  The Sonia Shah Organization is at a critical juncture and we need your help.

Please, open your hearts and help us continue along this journey toward a brighter future. Stand with us.

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Please, help us end the year right.Just click the donate button above and follow the simple steps. Give what you can to Sonia Shah Organization and help us change the world by empowering an entire future of girls. Don’t forget; there are only 15 days left in the year to make a tax-deductible contribution for 2016. We’re counting on you.

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