By CARE International in Pakistan
Hazra -13-year-old girl- from Malam Jabba - a small village on the top of mountain. she belongs to a very poor family as they hardly can afford two meals in a day. Her father is a laborer and his monthly salary is around Rs. 10,000/- ($100) which is not sufficient to meet household needs. Her mother is illiterate but she is managing well with this meager amount as best as she can to fulfil their basic needs. Hazra always wanted to pursue further studies after primary school, however the school was too far and her parents could not afford to send me to that school. After completing her primary school, she wanted to continue studies, but as there was no secondary school nearby, she stayed home to help her mother with daily chores. Her family also approached by CARE's partner IDEA team who were looking for girls to get enrolled in their secondary school Accelerated learning program.
Hazra parents especially mother was reluctant at first to send her to school, as she was helping her in domestic chores and taking care of her younger siblings. She tried to convince my father to send her to school and to complete her education. Her father and mother were hesitant as school was quite far but she assured them that she will join other girls from her village. Hazra walk daily for 2-3 kilometer in extreme cold on a steep and narrow road to reach the school, to realize her dream and supporting her family financially. Her parents are much convinced and now she helps them in day to day reading tasks, she can save mobile numbers with names in their phone ; she can read medical prescription and tell which medicine to take and when; and she help my parents in reading the expiry date of medicines, which was very difficult before as the clinic was too far from their house.
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