Selyne, local development officer for GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program, set out with a goal in mind. Girls in the area were typically not given the same opportunities as boys when it came to education, and that needed to change. Selyne went into the villages to do a survey, and she visited families, looking for girls who were underprivileged and from the poorest families who needed an education. It was Selyne’s task to help parents understand the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty and to persuade them to let their daughters attend the program and receive an education.
According to UNICEF, millions of girls worldwide are excluded from school. Girls who do not attend school are more likely to marry young and may have children before age 18. Selyne knew the child sponsorship program could change the lives of so many girls. The child sponsorship program was dedicated to bringing education to children, especially underprivileged children, and providing them with the means to have a choice for what their future held.
The Demands of Home for One Girl
Eleven-year-old Ragna was one such girl lacking education. As the eldest child of her family, most of the household responsibilities fell on her, especially whenever her mother, Roseda, became pregnant again. Ragna often collected wood and water for cooking and for the family’s other daily needs. She cleaned as well and took care of her siblings, increasingly helping her mother with more and more chores…
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