Meet Sitan, a powerful agent of change
Sitan is looking forward to a brighter future.
Sitan is a 12-year-old girl at the local primary school who says she enjoys being a student and loves her school.
“I am in grade 6 and my best subject is math,” she says. “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher to help other children fight illiteracy in my village.”
One of the best things about working with Plan, says Sitan, is the supportive learning environment and encouragement from staff and community workers like Korotimi to continue on with her education. She says her greatest hope is that more girls will join her.
Sitan is just one of the many children benefitting from a wide range of initiatives that are improving the quality of life here, which include:
- Rejuvenated schools with new classrooms, learning materials and equipment, along with training for teachers, to provide a better education for children in this community
- Clean water points and new latrines at local schools to keep children healthy and safe
- School and village gardens that improve the local environment, feed local families, and bring in income through the sale of fruits and vegetables at local markets, which keep the project going
- Improved health care through the renovation of a local clinic and training of staff
- Improved community awareness of child rights and gender issues and how they impact development.
“Our conditions have improved with the construction of classrooms and the latrines,” says Sitan, reflecting on the many changes she has witnessed so far. “We no longer only eat millet or sorghum. We’re eating potatoes, tomatoes and okra from the school garden. And no one drinks dirty water anymore. We only drink the water that comes from the well.”
By getting the chance to go to school, stay healthy and reach their full potential, children like Sitan are, indeed, breaking the cycle of poverty and beginning the cycle of progress for themselves, their families and their community.
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