Ana Cecilia Cortez, 14, comes from humble beginnings. The ninth-grader is the youngest of five children and the only girl in a family that farms corn, vegetables and coffee. Her tight-knit family nearly broke apart a few years ago when their house caught fire.
Bouvanna Nhem crosses a river during her 8-mile hike to school. Arriving late and out of breath, it’s hard to concentrate in class. Making the long trek each day wears her out.
Manjura and Mansura sisters -- 7 and 8 years old, respectively -- who live in the Shastri Park slum of Delhi, India. The slum is located near the railway line and their cottage is right alongside a train track where many children have died or been injured.
Syrian child refugees in Jordan have no access to school and are forced to work to support their families
Children are naturally hungry to learn, but face daunting barriers to attending school, especially girls. CARE works to address the roots of those impediments as a way to increase learning opportunities.
Zimbabwe is a country where barriers to education, especially for girls, is the norm, not the exception. Girls suffer from lower social status, poor sanitation in schools, risks of gender-based violence and can have their education ended by pregnancy.
In 2003 the Highland Children’s Education Project started in Ratanakiri, Cambodia, opening the first community schools in six ethnic minority villages. Three of these villages were of the Kreung ethnic group and three were of the Tampuen ethnic group.