America Ferrera's Facebook Fans Help Save the Children Build a School in Africa

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Emmy Award-winning "Ugly Betty" Actress Asks Her Facebook Fans to Join Her Cause and Give Back This Holiday Season

In Mali, nearly half a million girls are not in school.

America's Facebook cause is a great example of how every donation, no matter how small, when pooled together can make a big impact for children even in these tough economic times.

America Ferrera today announced a Facebook project to engage her fans to help Save the Children build a school in Mali, one of the poorest countries in Africa, where nearly 800,000 children, mostly girls, are out of school.

Ferrera is a Save the Children Artist Ambassador for education, and she is encouraging her Facebook fans to join her cause and to give a gift that gives back this holiday season.

"I'm so excited to be working with Save the Children to change the future for children around the world," said Ferrera. "Every time a child learns, we all benefit."

America will travel with Save the Children to Mali early next year and will post Facebook updates on the community that the school will benefit, and on other communities where education is already transforming children's lives.

The Mali school project will include three classrooms, a headmaster's room and bathrooms for both boys and girls. Once the school has been built, Save the Children will provide the skilled teachers and learning resources the children need to make the most of their education.

"Save the Children is thrilled to partner with America Ferrera on this project because she understands the power of education to transform the future for children around the world," said Chloe O'Gara, head of Save the Children's global education programs.

"America's Facebook cause is a great example of how every donation, no matter how small, when pooled together can make a big impact for children even in these tough economic times."

"Building a school in Mali" is one of the featured items in Save the Children's 2009 Holiday Gift Catalog.

For the school to be built, the cause must raise a minimum of $44,000. If America's Facebook community raises less than $44,000 or more than $44,000, the funds will be put to good use to support Save the Children's education programs in Mali.

America's Facebook page will track the progress of the contributions made towards the school, and will provide updates on how investments in global education are making a world of difference for children in Africa and around the globe.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 29 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Editor’s Note: Photos of children at school in Mali are available upon request.

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