Disclosure: Thank you to CARE for sponsoring today’s post and raising awareness around girls’ education. #HungryToLearn
When we lived in Chicago, I worked full-time and Sophie had been in daycare since she was six weeks old. I know the importance of education and I not only wanted quality care for my child, but a daycare that provided both development and learning. I was lucky to find a daycare that had a curriculum based classroom that started right in the infant room!
But not every child has the opportunity to learn so early in life. All children are hungry to learn, but not every child has an opportunity to go to school. Some children will never know what it’s like to have an education. And girls, in particular, may NEVER have access to education their entire lives. Currently there are 31 million girls out of school.
Girls like Laxmi Pal, a 12-year old girl from a village in India, grew up believing she didn’t belong in school. She believed she was to stay home and do housework and look after her younger siblings until they marry and move out at around age 14.
Girls with little or no education are far more likely to be married as children, suffer domestic violence and live in poverty. For Laxmi, that doesn’t have to be a reality anymore.
Laxmi Pal, sits on her bed in the Udaan Girls School in Hardoi, India. She was a featured girl in CARE’s “International Day of the Girl” art exhibition in Atlanta, GA. The Udaan Girls School provides girls with a core curriculum in language, math, and environmental science subjects. Udaan teachers also interweave activities such as morning assembly, sports (volleyball, soccer), bicycle riding and computer usage.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with a commitment to empowering women and girls. CARE is committed to its mission to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. CARE seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has bene overcome and people live in dignity and security.
CARE facilitates lasting change by:
- Strengthening capacity for self-help
- Providing economic opportunity
- Delivering relief in emergencies
- Influencing policy decisions at all levels
- Addressing discrimination in all its forms
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Girls’ education is the single best investment we can make to fight poverty around the world. For many families though, the cost of school uniforms is equal to several weeks or even several month’s of the family’s income. There are a lot of ways to help, including making a donation on the CARE education gift catalog page. As little as $10 makes all the difference and school uniforms for 2 girls are only $38!!
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