The U.N. has declared today, October 11th, “International Day of the Girl Child” (admittedly, a bit of a mouthful and not to be confused with India’s National Girl Child Day, celebrated in January). We here at AIC celebrate girls every day! Here are just a few recent shots of the girls that we work hard to educate and empower:

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And a positive update! Following the untimely death of her father this summer, Sheela, top right, has been enrolled in school and is finally attending with regularity. While it is frustrating that a child should have to wait until age 12 to truly begin her education, we have renewed hope for Sheela’s future. Read more about Sheela here.