Girls' Education

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When CARE opened the first-ever girls’ school in Mali Khail, Afghanistan, it kindled the dreams of 13-year-old Malalai.

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In developed countries like the United States your earning potential is often based on the number of diplomas you have. But in rural Malawi, completing even a primary education is one of the most precious things anyone can achieve. For most girls there, getting even that single diploma is a rarity.

With a higher value placed on working in the fields, fetching water and helping take care of younger siblings, education lags behind for girls.

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The following story is told by the child of a CARE project participant, a refugee who lives in Rwanda’s Umutara province, an area with a persistent hunger problem. 

I am called Brender Mukamana, and I have 12 years. My mother is called Mukaferesi and my father died in 1998 after four years here in Rwanda.

We lived in bad conditions here – up to the extent of staying without what to eat or sometimes eating once in a day because of not having what to cook.