Back in March we profiled Claire Charamnac and Claire Naylor, the two incredible, young women who founded Women LEAD, an inspiring leadership development organization that has been empowering the young women of Nepal to pursue their own vision for change since 2010.

To continue to do the good work they do, Women LEAD is launching its first crowd funding campaign today.

The goal of the campaign is to raise the funding needed to provide year-long scholarships for 175 young women to attend their leadership development program courses for free. During Women LEAD leadership courses, the girls take on internships, start their own social entrepreneurship ventures, lead workshops in their own schools and launch advocacy campaigns in their communities.

With only 20% of political leaders in the world being women, Women LEAD wants to change this ratio by building the capacity of female high school students to tackle poverty and discrimination. Under Claire and Claire’s direction, the organization has the impressive track record that proves they can do this. In 2011 alone, they equipped 200 promising leaders (aged 14 to 19) with academic, career and leadership skills through their programs. This becomes all the more impressive when you know the context of the overwhelming challenges that women in Nepal face: 1/3 of girls aged 15 to 19 are married and 60% of women are illiterate.

To help fund Women LEAD’s Scholarship Campaign visit their Indiegogo campaign. Your contribution will empower young women leaders to change their lives, their schools and their communities.

For more information about Women LEAD, visit their website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.