Girl Most Likely To: Be a Healthcare Role Model

Girl Most Likely To: Be a Healthcare Role Model

Posted
10/16/13

Water is essential to life. And yet it could have kept Susan out of school for good.

 

“I remember feeling sick often. Stomach pains and diarrhea made it quite difficult to concentrate in class. [I]n one instance, I was so sick that my parents had to take me to the hospital,” says Susan, age 14.

Illness not only made her miss class, but put a financial strain on her family when they had to pay hospital fees.

Now, through a clean-water consortium supported by CARE and our partners working in Kenya, Susan and her classmates advocate for water safety and proper hygiene at their school as well as at home.

Susan and other child volunteers in their school’s health club treat drinking and handwashing water, clean the latrines -- one for boys and one for girls -- and educate their peers on how to prevent waterborne illnesses.

“As health club members, we have to be role models. If older girls want clean latrines, younger students will want them clean too because they copy us,” says Susan.

And she aims to be a role model for life. After primary school, she plans to eventually study law at the university, while continuing to help communities solve problems and have access to safe water.

“A girl who goes to school is not only educating herself, but she will help to educate her community and her entire country.”

See how CARE is keeping girls in the picture by sending them to school!

 

Susan, 14, Kenya

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