Malala's home country of Pakistan has the second largest number of girls not in school in the world. Poor girls in rural areas of Pakistan are 16 times less likely to be in secondary school than boys from the wealthiest households. The Malala Fund's grantmaking is working to reduce barriers to secondary schooling for girls. Our very first grant in 2013 provided former girl domestic laborers with free quality education and helped them establish support systems within their communities. Our work has grown from there.

The Malala Fund expanded its investment in girls’ education in Pakistan through:

  • Increasing enrollment for girls at secondary schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to allow vulnerable and married girls to get a quality, post-primary education.
  • Repairing damaged classrooms and providing books, uniforms, and other school supplies to girls at girls' schools in Punjab affected by flooding.
  • Establishing educational programming and psycho-social support at an Internally Displaced People camp in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas for children escaping the conflict in North Waziristan.