Condolezza Rice declared that the absence of general education is the “civil rights issue of our generation.” We need to be educated on this issue. We were victims of our own lives, blinded by our day to day activities, but the story of Malala has shaken up the global community as well as our own hearts as we realize there are millions like her.

EbenGroup has been promoting pre-order sales of the EbenPak to aid education in Cambodia. These are children of war that need education. That WANT education, to better themselves, their circumstances and their community. But this is a worldwide epidemic. 

Did you know?

* Only 400 girls out of 100,000 are in school in South Sudan.

* Pakistan has restrictions for girls & are denied education.

* Kids in Ethiopia are dropping out of school for lack of pencils.

* The whole educated class in Cambodia was executed in the 70s.

* 15 million children under 14 are not in school because they work full time.

* 10 million girls leave education to become child brides.

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that she is someone today” -Stacia Tauscher.

Let’s be aware of what’s happening around the world. Let’s do something about it.

One Person. One Spark. We, together, are not powerless.

Malala Yousafzai is a 14 year old Pakistani activist for education. She is currently in the hospital recuperating after being shot in the head and neck as she waited for a school bus last Tuesday. She is an inspiration, and a heroine, and she is right. (Watch her speech on education http://gu.com/p/3b42f) “The terrorists showed what frightened them the most: a girl with a book,” said Ban Ki-moon.

All Malala is doing is fighting for her education. She is fighting for something she deserves. There are 61 million children like Malala who will not go to school today or any other day.

Are you uncomfortable by these statistics? I hope so. I hope you are bothered by this. Not so you buy our bags, but so you are aware.

This is not to make you feel bad so you spend your money on our EbenPak. This is to make you feel bad so you want to do something. You don’t like our bags? You can donate to the UNICEF, Water is Basic, or 1040i. Maybe start at home and donate your time mentoring a child in your community. But DO something!

Let’s all do something together and ignite a movement.