When Yousafzai turned 18 back in 2015, she celebrated it by opening a school for Syrian refugees. Funded by the Malala Fund—the official organization co-founded by Yousafzai—the school was put up at the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon near the Syrian order, and can house around 200 female students. The female students, ages 14 to 18, may opt to earn a baccalaureate or a vocational degree.
This year, Yousafzai is spending her birthday helping out the most vulnerable girls in Brazil. Her trip to Brazil, it’s apparent, is not out of leisure but for a bigger mission.
Brazil, one of the world’s largest economies, has around 1.5 milliion girls out of school. Yousafzai, on her end, is using her platform Malala Fund to help put these girls to school by asking for donations instead for her birthday.
Yousafzai, too, is making the most out of her stay in Brazil and went around to meet the girls from the Tupinambá and Pataxó tribes last July 10 to hear their stories.
“For many indigenous girls in Brazil, the journey to school is almost longer than the school day itself—and facing discrimination makes it even harder to stay in school,” wrote the Malala Fund on its Instagram page.