In a remote, rural area of Guatemala, five-year-old Valeria loves to go to school where she learns and plays with her friends.
Child sponsorship is helping girls like Valeria stay in education and realise their full potential.
But around the world, 129 million girls are not in school.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made a serious situation worse. As schools slowly open again in many countries, girls are struggling to return to their classrooms as they face further poverty and care work responsibilities in a pandemic.
That’s why ActionAid runs a network of projects that supports girls to go to school, keeps them from dropping out, and helps them to catch up on learning that they have missed.
ActionAid believes that every girl has the right to go to school and has the power to transform her life.
On Day of the Girl, your sponsorship could help a girl open the door to a brighter future.
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What child sponsorship can do: Purna’s story
Purna is a midwife and has two daughters. Here she’s holding up a photo of herself aged 12, when she was sponsored through ActionAid.
Growing up in rural Nepal, Purna’s family were very poor - her family couldn't afford to send her to school. But with the help of her sponsor, Purna was able to go to school and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse, then a midwife.
Purna has now helped to deliver hundreds of babies, saved many lives and cared for many more mothers and children.
Being without education is like being blind. [But my sponsor] opened my eyes. Because of them I was also able to open the eyes of my children. Education is very important.”
Top image: Five-year-old Valeria playing at a creative workshop run by ActionAid in El Estor,Guatemala. Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid Other photos: Sharron Lovell, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Celia Peterson / ActionAid.
Page updated 19 May 2022