This year marks the 11th Anniversary of the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation! 
"Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire."

~ William Butler Yeats
A Momentous March
March is a big month for the Bo M Karlsson Foundation!  From International Women’s Day on the 8th, to our 11th anniversary on the 18th, and the relaunch of our website at the end of the month, we have a lot to celebrate! The biggest, however, is that since the first scholarship was awarded in 2014, we have seen 17 young women graduate through the beautiful combination of their perseverance and the generosity of our donors. Through this continued partnership we are excited that this year will see 11 new young women graduate to the great benefit of Nepal. Congratulations to all! 
Make it Happen ~ International Women's Day 2015
All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. 

While books like Lean In and Girl Boss have helped to renew a positive conversation about feminism in America, movements like Girl Rising, Half the Sky, and the Malala Fund, are pushing the plight of girls in developing countries further to the forefront of the public eye than ever before. To the benefit of millions of young women, the resulting discussion is evolving from viewing the gender gap in education less as yet another social ill for charitable giving to alleviate, and more as a global responsibility to eradicate.

“Every year of schooling increases a girl’s individual earning power by 10 to 20 percent, while the return on secondary education is even higher, in the 15 to 25 percent range.” 

Luckily for donors in higher income countries, educating a young woman and, therefore, transforming her community takes very little. The return on investment is truly inspiring when considering that as little as $50 can provide the transportation costs for a girl while attending university in Nepal for one year. A mere $500 a year can create thought leaders like journalists and teachers. By taking advantage of the extreme difference in purchasing power parity of countries like Nepal and the United States, relatively small amounts of investment can help create a new generation of progress and hope in the way of gender equality and human potential.

For the full article, please visit our website

By Holly Koch, BMKF Board member
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