According to UNESCO, one in five children are currently not attending school.
There are many reasons for lack of schooling but for millions of children, the number one reason is poverty.
Can you imagine being 12-years-old and instead of excitedly getting ready for a brand-new school year, you are instead told that your life isn’t worth the cost of education?
In many tribal areas stricken with poverty, when girls reach the age of 12 or 13 they become a hindrance on families living in extreme poverty and parents often sell their daughters to the highest bidder.
These young girls are often treated as slaves.
NO ONE IN THIS WORLD DESERVES THIS TYPE — ESPECIALLY YOUNG GIRLS LIKE PRIYANKA.
*Priyanka’s parents were honest about the fact that they intended to sell her to a man in another city.
When teachers and school administrators of one of our schools heard this news, they paid a special visit to her parents.
The teachers explained the long-term benefits of entering (and keeping) Priyanka in school. They encouraged her parents to reconsider.
Priyanka’s parents admitted they had never before thought about a positive future for their daughter. It was the first time someone told them that with an education, she had the potential to become a doctor, an engineer, a teacher or a public servant.
Though the payoff would not be immediate, Priyanka’s parents finally saw the value of an education.
There was much to celebrate when Priyanka’s parents agreed to enrol her in our school.
Because of our supporters, Priyanka was able to receive a scholarship to ensure nothing prevented her from studying.
Today, this special girl is excelling in her studies. Her parents are active in her school activities and they have even started encouraging their friends and neighbours to enrol their daughters in school!
THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH US AND SUPPORTING OUR PROGRAMS FROM WHERE YOU’RE AT. YOU ARE CHANGING LIVES!
* Names and places changed to protect identity and privacy
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