Unlike the 62 million girls not attending school across the world today, Tarikayehu is receiving an education because of her World Vision sponsorship.
It's an opportunity she doesn't take lightly. "Education is a very important thing in my life. I can help myself and be able to reach out for others, especially my parents, only when I am educated."
Even though her sponsorship enables Tarikayehu to go to school, obtaining a good education remains a huge challenge.
The fifth grader lives in a small, rural village, some 260 miles south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, and attends school at an old, dilapidated facility that hosts 3,500 students. Four of eight classrooms are mud-walled structures; the remaining wings are in relatively better condition, since they are built with bricks and cement.
Students go to class in two shifts — morning and afternoon. More than 100 students are crammed into each classroom, in which groups of three to four students share one desk.
With no public transportation or neighborhood carpool available, Tarikayehu walks about five miles each day, to and from school. But it's a journey she enjoys, she says, since it's shared with others. "I like to chat and laugh with my girlfriends as we travel to and from school."
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>> Donate to our Girls and Women Education Fund. Help unlock the ability of females in developing countries to fully contribute to their communities.
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|Recognizing that education is key to lifting children out of a life of poverty, please pray for educational opportunities for the 115 million youth worldwide — 62 million of whom are girls — unable to attend school.|
Donate to our Girls and Women Education Fund. Help unlock the ability of females in developing countries to fully contribute to their communities.