In 2017, World Vision Advocate for Education Owen Yap visited his sponsored child Krita, at Moradabad Area Programme in India. Most of the parents in Krita’s community are not formally educated and do not understand the importance of human rights and education. Therefore, 41% of the girls there do not attend school regularly, and many are forced to get married before they turn 18.
Through his interaction with Krita, Owen was inspired by her courage and determination. With the colour pencils he gifted her, the young girl drew a sunflower, although there were none growing in her community. “What Krita might have wanted to tell us is, regardless of her circumstances, she will not despair. But like a sunflower, she will continue to grow and thrive. It made me realise that she has hope.”
Through the Child Sponsorship Programme, World Vision advocates for children’s rights and helped Krita’s community understand the importance of creating a nurturing and loving environment for children to grow up in.
As COVID-19’s economic effects drive struggling families deeper into poverty, more girls are at risk of issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, violence, exploitation and an interruption or complete breakdown to their education.
This International Day of the Girl on 11 October, we’re calling on everyone to make a stand for vulnerable girls around the world! Empower girls so that they can live fearlessly. Because of you, girls can have hope.
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