Successes

With your help, girls who come to us poor and illiterate become capable young women. Many go on to study at degree level or start small businesses. But don’t just take it from us – here’s what they say for themselves:

  • My three siblings and I are orphans. When our parents died we were all separated, went to live with different relatives, and did not get to see each other. My elder sister went to live with our uncle, who made her work as a farmhand and keep his house for him…

  • I arrived at the hostel in 2007, aged 13. I come from a family where my father is a drunk, so my mother found it a great struggle to feed and clothe us. She does seasonal farm work for five to six months a year, earning about £1.50 a day…

  • Before coming to the hostel, I went to a rural school 9km from my home. After my mother died, my father could not cope with four children, and as a village daughter I was going to have to give up my studies, marry, and work as a menial labourer in any job I could get…

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