Youth Empowerment

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Laxmi Pal is not only creating art, she’s creating history. The 12-year-old grew up in a tiny thatched-roof hut made of dried mud in Kodanna village, believing that she didn’t belong in school. Often seen as outsiders, girls in this rural farming village of 90 families do housework and look after their younger siblings until they marry and move out at around age 14. Being the oldest of five kids, the burden fell on Laxmi’s shoulders.

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Nour’s Letter

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My name is Israa’ Salman Al-Rehel. I am 10 years old and I live with my family of eight in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip. Since I was four, I have had a hard time seeing and must use prescription glasses. I was self-conscious of my eye problems and all of the other children in the kindergarten teased me.

Sports and Education

Whether it’s basketball or soccer, boxing or swimming, sport builds character and promotes teamwork. CARE’s Power Within signature program uses the convening power of sport to engage impoverished youth with each other and their communities. Our strategic combination of sports and education not only means more young people are going to school, but they are also learning leadership skills that can open doors to a better way of life.

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