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Wow! I can’t believe how many generous people stepped up to give for Minnesota’s annual Give to the Max day this year.

Thank you!

Matching Donations x2

A generous couple offered to match any donations given by new or renewing donors, up to $1,000. And when we first announced that match in the morning, people responded!

In fact, that match inspired a second couple to reach out to us and offer to match another $1,000!

I’m so grateful to report that we met both matches, thanks to caring donors!

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Gifts make an impact

The gifts everyone gave on Give to the Max day will make a tremendous impact on the lives of girls and boys. Giving them access to a quality education is one of the most important ways we can help. Just take a look at a few of these recent stories:

How relationships are transforming boundaries for young women in Guatemala

Young women Q’eqchi’ Maya women will be immersed in environmental conservation, agroecology, nutrition and cooking, health and hygiene, and other life skills that will equip them with the skills, outlook and financial scholarships they need to stay in school. Read more…

Sponsors helped Rajeswari avoid an unwanted (and illegal!) marriage

At the age of 15, Rajeswari’s parents attempted to arrange her marriage to an older man. But thanks to the persistence of her school and extended family, and with the support of sponsors, she has new hope. Read more…

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Safe House Girls

When going home is too risky

Many Maasai girls like Esther face overwhelming poverty, early marriage, genital cutting, and sexual violence. Each of these issues affects a girl’s health and wellbeing. It affects her ability to go to school, stay in school, and effectively learn. Continue reading…

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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