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Meet Yaya

Yaya hopes to become a doctor to help people in his community.

For children in developing regions of the world, a lack of opportunity naturally hinders their hopes and expectations for the future. But when that’s reversed and they get the chance to reach their full potential, then, like children everywhere, they begin to dream big.

For Yaya, a 12-year-old boy from a poor farming family in Jimma, Plan’s arrival in his community has transformed the quality of his local school and, in the process, sparked a new self-confidence and vision for his future.

“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor,” he says thoughtfully, “in order to help people. I want to make a difference in my community and get the satisfaction that comes from doing good things.”

Listening to this bright, articulate young man, there’s no doubt that Yaya has what it takes to make that dream come true.

Now in grade 6, Yaya’s favourite subject is science.

“I understand the subject very well and it makes me very happy,” he explains. “I like the way our teacher teaches us this interesting subject.”

Thanks to your sponsorship, we’ve invested heavily in the quality of local education in Jimma so that kids like Yaya can develop their talents. In addition to building eight new classrooms, one of the most important investments we’ve made is in the quality of local teachers. Through community improvements, training programs and the construction of teacher residences, we’ve helped Jimma attract dedicated teachers who make coming to school every day worthwhile.

With these change, children like Yaya now have the chance to reach their full potential. The future is bright for them, and for their families and community.

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