PREETY & SAHARA CHILDREN’S CLUB
There was so much about the week we went to India to inspire us and show us the real sense of hope being created by the work of World Vision in Nawada. Especially Preety’s story. Even though she’s only eight years old, she has played a massive role in improving the health and hygiene of not only her own family, but for her entire community.
Open defecation is a common practice in India, and in communities like Preety’s it means people often get sick with diarrhoea, fevers and malaria. After going to a World Vision programme where she was taught about health and hygiene, Preety shared with her parents what she had learnt and urged them to get a toilet in their home. With help from World Vision they installed the first toilet in their town. And now with Preety continuing to share her message, her entire community, all 110 families, now have toilets in their homes.
It was awesome to see how, through the work of World Vision, girls like Preety are being empowered and equipped to change their lives and the lives of their families.
SAHARA CHILDREN’S CLUB
Sahara Children’s Club was formed by World Vision to bring together young girls from the community to talk about children’s rights, avoiding exploitation and healthcare. It’s also an opportunity for these girls to share and support each other with sensitive issues like menstruation, learning to recognise and treat anaemia, and nutrition.
With the help of World Vision, facilitated by volunteers like Sunita, these girls are now conscious of their health, and look out for each other if anything happens. We talked to their 16-year-old president Bunti, who mobilises the young people in her village to attend and checks up on children who are sick or absent from school.
Bunti’s drive to create a better life for her community was so clear. ‘I have a passion in me,’ she says. ‘I want to see all my friends healthy, and in a country that doesn’t rank well on health, I want to see everybody healthy.’ What’s powerful about programmes like this children’s club is how these girls are being empowered to take the lead in making changes in their own lives, as well as the lives of others. ‘I want to be district administrator when I grow up,’ Bunti says. ‘I’m so excited to be able to serve other people.’
A simple thing like learning about health and hygiene is so important to the wellbeing and prospects of these children. World Vision is equipping and empowering young girls, and the impact of this is being felt throughout their communities. We’d love you to stand with us and empower more girls to live their dreams, not to live in fear. Over the next few weeks, become one of 1,000 Kiwis sponsoring a girl in the developing world!