Across the world, there are 65 million girls who are not in school. In South Sudan, only 30% of students are female, and in Peru, only 43% of women between 20 and 24 finish secondary school. In many places in the world, girls are taken out of school to provide for their families. Akon and Ruth are two girls living in South Sudan and Peru. Akon wants to be a doctor for women in need and enjoys biology and physics, and Ruth likes to play soccer and volleyball. These two girls live in areas where girls' education is not often seen as a necessity, but their education opens opportunities for them to pursue these dreams. Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to get married at an early age, are more likely to find work, and narrow the wage gap between men and women. The Rhoades School Girl Rising Club is sponsoring the education, housing, healthcare and mentoring for Akon and Ruth. Our mission is to provide girls like Akon and Ruth with the education that they deserve. The money raised at the annual Girl Rising bazaar will go towards scholarships and mentoring programs. Thank you all for your support.