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Catch up with Peari

Thanks to our sponsors, Plan International is working with the people of Hatibandha to create a path out of poverty. And that means combatting early marriage and low school enrolment among girls – one of the roots causes of poverty in this community.

To that end, we’re making investments in infrastructure, social services and, most importantly, girls themselves. We’re also actively challenging the gender stereotypes that have been holding them – and everyone around them – back from achieving a better life.

Luckily, there are girls everywhere in this community who are helping us make the case.

At 12, Peari is a shining example, and so are her sisters. Smart, hardworking and brimming with enthusiasm, all of these girls should be getting to high school and beyond.

Listening to Peari talk about her involvement with Plan since our arrival six months ago, it’s easy to see what a tragedy gender discrimination is for girls like her, and what a huge loss it is for families and communities.

“Since Plan came, I have participated in many youth sessions on development,” says Peari with pride. “I now know about problem identification, family wealth ranking, resource mapping, and disaster planning. I also learned how to sort out the root causes of our problems through problem tree analysis. I enjoyed these sessions very much, and my confidence has increased a lot!”

Peari’s enthusiasm for learning is clearly shared by her ten-year-old sister, Saida.

“I have observed that children are becoming smarter,” Saida tell us. “Now I am more serious about my education. Like my sister, I also want to be a teacher and help the children of my community once I grow up.”

It’s heartening to see these girls thrive on the opportunities that are just beginning to open up to them, and it’s a sign of good things to come for the Hatibandha community.

View our slideshow to learn more about Peari’s life in Hatibandha.

  • Excited about school work

    Excited about school work

  • Peari and her younger sister Saida

    Peari and her younger sister Saida

  • Peari and her family welcome a new addition

    Peari and her family welcome a new addition

  • Beginning the journey to school

    Beginning the journey to school

  • The walk to school is a wet one!

    The walk to school is a wet one!

  • Peari making tea

    Peari making tea

  • Time for some fun!

    Time for some fun!

  • Practicing proper hand-washing techniques learned at school

    Practicing proper hand-washing techniques learned at school

  • Peari smiles while talking with Plan staff

    Peari smiles while talking with Plan staff

  • Peari's sister Saida

    Peari's sister Saida

  • Washing hands together

    Washing hands together

 

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