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A healthy start to a better life

Too many young children living in rural poverty spend a great deal of time in the fields or family yard while their mothers work nearby. Without the stimulation of adult interaction or the benefit of educational toys and books in their first six years, it is very difficult for children to reach their full potential.

That’s why Jimma has recently completed its second kindergarten, with your support.

A young boy from Jimma learns his alphabet

Abdulwahid practices the alphabet.

After months of community effort to build, manage and staff the new school, 40 more children, like Abdulwahid, are now spending their days learning. This will make all the difference in their readiness for school, as well as in their overall health, development and wellbeing.

New toys for an early childhood development centre in Jimma.

Educational toys give children like Abdulwahid a head start on learning.

“Before this centre was here,” says Abdulwahid’s mom, Hade, “he played outside and was always getting into the mud and fighting with the other boys. But now, just look at him,” she says with a smile.

Mothers from Jimma are happy to have a place for their youngest to get a jumpstart on their education.

Abdulwahid and his mother, Hada.

“He is so happy now. And clean!” Hada laughs. “Every morning he gets up and washes his face, hands and legs all by himself.”

Jimma’s youngest children are benefiting from the new kindergarten.

Children gain social and academic skills through play.

“I strongly believe that education has the power to change societies,” says Hade. “We didn’t have the opportunity before, but now in my neighbourhood, most children are attending this new centre, and we are hoping to expand it more and more.”

Jimma’s youngest children thank Plan Canada donors.

The children want to express their thanks to Plan donors!

Thank you for bringing better days and a brighter future to the children of Jimma!

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