Noor Kajol likes to stay busy. The 12-year-old fills her days studying Arabic, playing games with friends, and making art.
On a hot and sunny day 15 years ago, Baraka Ali and her daughter Ramatou had a conversation under the century-old Baobab tree in their yard in Tchadoua, a village in southeastern Niger. Ramatou had just been told to drop out of school and get married after she passed her primary school exam.
WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017) – The global poverty-fighting organization CARE will host a reception this evening in the nation’s capital to honor the progress made toward girls’ education in Afghanistan, where CARE has worked since 1961.
CARE was featured in the The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof’s annual “gifts with meaning” guide for this year’s holiday season.
When Maryam leaves her home in Yemen at 7 o’clock in the morning to fetch water, she waves at her friends who go to the school just next to her house. While walking for hours every day she dreams about one day becoming a teacher. Like 2 million children in Yemen she cannot go to school.
The barricaded compounds, innumerable security checks and corner-by-corner police presence are constant reminders of the violence that the people of Afghanistan live with every day. So it would be easy to grow pessimistic about the future of the country.
A girl comes to a screeching halt on a motorbike. A trio of girls stand proudly with their schoolbooks. Two girls - friends and teammates - offer up a soccer ball for a game. These are scenes of everyday life as presented by the people living it in rural Nepal and Bangladesh.