"Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time" and "Stones to School: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan." If you haven't read them, put them on your Christmas wish list. Or - just go out and buy them right now.
The books recount the adventures of Greg Morrison in building schools, especially schools for girls, in the poorest and most remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why the special emphasis on girl schools? Because Morrison realizes that adolescent girls are uniquely qualified to improve the standard of living in the developing world. For more information, The King orders you to follow this link. If you didn't follow my order, go back and do it.
I hope you're inspired, now that you have a better understanding of why girl schools are so important in poor countries. If you are looking for that last minute tax deduction, please consider the Central Asia Institute. If nothing else, buy the books. You'll be glad you did. Not only will you have the pleasure of reading two great books, but all the proceeds go to building new schools. You'll be promoting The Girl Effect.