"Last week we were called to a poor village by a local teacher. She wanted us to visit a family needing help. When we met the family, we learned that there are 6 daughters and 1 son. The first daughter is already married, the second working after dropping out of school, the third living with relatives. With three young daughters at home and one boy, we were still really surprised to learn that the family was only interested in our help with the son.
The teacher explained that, in Indonesia, the girls leave home when they marry and the boys stay with the family and look after the aging parents. Of course we know this is the way it works in many poor countries. But it was a fierce reminder of the realities of life here, and how large the mission to improve the lives of girls really is.
It's obvious that these are very loving parents. It's just a different reality, and one we want to change. Education is for everyone."
So, WHAT'S A GIRL WORTH?