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Believe in girls…they can change the world

POSTED September 20, 2023

Believe in girls…they can change the world

Sarah, a former sponsored child with Children Believe in Tamale, Ghana, has overcome the barriers to education and is now both a teacher & an inspiration for young girls in her classroom. 

By Fred Witteveen, CEO, Children Believe

With Canadian children returning to school, I’m reminded of my trip to Ghana earlier this year when I met Sarah, a former sponsored child. Sarah had to overcome a lot of challenges growing up. Her family struggled to afford the cost of school and as a girl she was discouraged by discrimination. But thanks to her fierce determination and the support of a generous Canadian donor, she is now a teacher — and an inspiration for the young girls in her classroom.

This is just one story. One young woman. But Sarah represents Children Believe’s purpose. To us, she represents the incredible potential of every child in every community we work in. And we are proud to report that in the past year, 285,539 girls benefited from sustained access to inclusive and quality education in our project areas.

There are many more examples of young women like Sarah. Sadly, some of them have endured horrific circumstances, including gender based violence. But they have bravely chosen to share their stories, as proof of the positive change is possible.

In Nicaragua, Johoska has been able to continue her education despite battling poverty and is taking university courses, while helping as a youth group leader to inspire other girls. In Burkina Faso, “KM”, suffered sexual violence, but she is proud to report that with help, she is on track to earn a degree in psychology. She dreams about being an aid worker in her country, to help other young girls overcome tragedy, as she did.  

At Children Believe, we’re proud to share and celebrate these small victories that make a big difference. But there is still much to be done. Every day we identify more youth that need help through sponsorship and the programs we offer to help them break down the barriers to education so they can change their world.

This is why Canadian support is so critical which makes so much of this
work possible. Thank you.

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Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60+ years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.

About ChildFund Alliance:

A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.

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