Chico couple raises money and awareness for Afghan Refugee Girls Primary School in Pakistan

Aug 2, 2014 9:01 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

It's a school nearly 8,000 miles away, but the girls here are closer to Chico than you think.

Adam and Miriam Walter have been living in Chico for the past 4 1/2 years. Both are in the nursing field and both have ties to Pakistan. Miriam was born there and lived there til she was 10. Adam has family and friends still there.

After meeting a quaker group here in Chico, the Walters learned of the Afghan Refugee Girl's Primary School in Pakistan.

With the help of a quaker group in Orange Grove that helps fund the school, they were able to visit the girls on a summer trip they had planned. They've been raising money for the girls ever since.

With 600 girls, the school has been able to make a little go a long way. Just $70 educates one girl for a year. However, this doesn't include supplies, desks, chairs, or structural costs for the school.

While violence is synonymous with the area, the Walters want to deter people from that impression.They want to emphasize that the girls at the school want the same things girls here in the US want, an education.

The school is now in its 12th year running and thanks to donations from the Walters and the Orange Grove Quaker Group, they've gone from a 50% graduation rate to a 100% graduation rate.

The Walters will be talking about their life changing trip this Tuesday at the Quaker Meeting House here in Chico.


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