Catch up with Lipi
It’s hard to believe that at just nine years old, Lipi is only a few years away from the age at which girls in her community traditionally get married. It’s one of the main reasons that poverty has persisted here from generation to generation, and it’s one of Hatibandha’s top priorities for change.
Thanks to ongoing outreach with local families like hers, change is already beginning to happen.
Lipi says, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher so that I can help the underprivileged children of my community.”
The good news is that Lipi now has a chance of achieving that dream. Since Plan arrived in Hatibandha, her parents have decided that they want her to continue her education.
In Hatibandha, where local families struggle with extreme poverty and most adults have themselves been denied an education, pulling girls out of school to marry older men has widely been viewed as the best option for girls and their families.
“But now,” report Lipi’s parents, Mohammed and Zennatun, “people are talking about the child marriage issue and taking initiatives to stop this. Recently the community members have prevented a child marriage from taking place.”
Families like Lipi’s are early adopters of a new way of thinking and now advocate for better options for girls. Mohammed and Zennatun are giving Lipi and her sisters a chance to show everyone what they can do when given the same chance as boys to reach their full potential.
“Life was miserable six months ago,” admits Mohammed. “But now things have changed. Here, most of the NGOs are working on micro credit programs, but Plan is the only organization who is working for social and children’s issues.”
View our slideshow to learn more about Lipi’s life in Hatibandha.
Lipi smiles for the camera
Sisterly support with school work
Lipi with her mother and five sisters
Brushing her teeth before school
Leaving for school
A happy student
Fresh corn for the family
Lipi's older sister Shefali
A fun game with her sisters!
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