I’m a new mother.

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Dear Akilah friends,

We recently celebrated the arrival of our first daughter, Lorraine, and the importance of Akilah’s mission to educate young women has taken on a whole new level of meaning for me.

Becoming a mother has deepened my commitment to growing the Akilah model of education to reach more and more women across Africa. I believe that the only way to end the vicious cycle of poverty is to ensure that girls and women have access to education and opportunities for employment.

This Mother’s Day, make a gift to Akilah in honor of a special woman in your life, and we will send her a Mother’s Day e-card telling her of your contribution.

Akilah was selected to participate in The RaiseForWomen Challenge launched by The Huffington Post and the Skoll Foundation, which will award $25,000 to the organization that raises the most support by June 6.

Make a donation to Akilah through the Challenge by Mother’s Day — May 12 — and note in the comment box who you’re honoring with your gift. *Please include the name and email address so we can send an e-card about your tribute.*

Give a Gift in Honor of a Special Woman in Your Life

Please spread the word by sharing Akilah’s fundraising page with your friends and network through Facebook and Twitter.

With deep gratitude,

Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes

CEO & Co-founder

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