35: Swat Valley Project
For Championing Girls' Education and Empowerment in a Country Where its Founder was Once Attacked for Exercising those Rights
The project required complete secrecy. Not even its name or location could be disclosed, for security reasons. And although it was announced with great fanfare by actress and activist Angelina Jolie, the key sponsor wouldn't be able to visit the site for years. Launched in April 2013, the US$45,000 project sent 40 girls ages 5 to 12 back to school in Pakistan's Swat Valley region. It marked the first initiative for Malala Fund, launched one year after its founder, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head by a masked gunman.