For children living in poverty, education is often a luxury. Many children need to drop out to help provide for their families. But when you give to World Villages for Children, you provide an opportunity to break that cycle.
You can help children start on a path out of poverty. Your dollars help put food on the table, buy school supplies, and provide medical care. Meet some of the children our supporters have helped give hope to below and learn more about our Guardian Angel program here.
Girlstown Dar es Salaam
“My parents are farmers. I am the eighth of nine children. My mother is the third wife of my father. My father is irresponsible, and he depends on his wives, like my mother who works very hard in the farm to support him and all of us. My mother is renting a small house in the village, where there is no electricity nor running water. We gather firewood and use it for cooking our food, twice a day. We used to walk to school. When I was in Standard 7 and the teacher announced that the Sisters of Mary from Dar es Salaam are coming to Simiyu to recruit poor students. I was so excited, and I hoped that I would be accepted because this is the only opportunity to continue secondary school. Even at young age, we all work in the farm, because if we do not work, we cannot eat, and we harvest maize, cassava and sweet potato. In our village, there is no means of going around except by walking. It is good that my elementary school is just near, so I could go to school. When I was taking the national exam, I desired to pass so I can study at the Sisters of Mary School, which the priest informed our head mistress will be accepting children from very poor families. I did pass.
I am so happy to be at this school. There is no discrimination, everyone is the same. The Sisters are very kind to provide us with what we need and to teach us good values like self-discipline, honesty and respect to others. Also, we will learn good skills of computer, baking cakes and bread, tailoring and other skills. I have never seen these machines in our places, so I am very happy. I will study very diligently so that I will find job and help my family. Also I want to become a doctor in order to help the poor and build my nation.”
“I have three brothers and three sisters. My aunt did not want me to be born, and when I was born she threw me on the ground. I couldn’t breathe, but thank God I’m alive. I started going to school, but my parents didn’t have what it took to pay. I was barefoot and without a uniform, and I didn’t have a backpack to carry my notebooks, so I tied them with ties. My peers bought lunch during breaks, but I only had some tortillas with salt. My dad planted and my mom and I bought corn and beans with what we sold. Sometimes we ate and sometimes my dad didn’t eat. All my brothers worked hard. My dad sacrificed himself for us. When classes ended I was going to sell myself every afternoon. They took my parents out of the village and we went to live with my grandmother. At age 14 I finished my primary school. Then I heard about the Villa de las Niñas.
It was here at the Villa de las Niñas that I received a backpack and shoes. It truly changed my life. Now I want to be a police officer to help and guide people.”
Meet Ritch Anthony!
“Our place is a mountainous area, and it’s hard to find work. The common occupation of the people there is farming. For us to go to the city, we need to walk around two kilometers. Houses are a little far from one to the other and drinking water is fetched from the well. My father worked as a construction worker in Pasay for five years and goes home once a year. Last year he stopped working and went home. This time, he is farming. My mother is a housekeeper but would sometimes sell corn and vegetables for us to have money. But this time, it is hard for her to do that since she is watching over our months old baby. I have four siblings. I have one elder sister, one younger sister and two younger brothers. Life in our place is very difficult since we are far from the city and it is difficult to find work. I also have difficulty going to school since I had to walk for almost two kilometers and then ride a motorcycle. My parents have to pay around one thousand per month for the motorcycle. In order for me not to be late in school, I had to wake up at 5 am and leave the house at 6 am. For us to be able to save, we just brought our lunch with us and ten pesos for viand but sometimes I don’t have viand at all. Since a motorcycle is our only way of transportation, there were really times when I went home wet because of the rain. Sometimes, I would pick banana leaves to shield me from the rain. Also, if the well becomes dry, we had to buy water from our neighbor and sometimes will still have to go to the city.
I am looking forward to at the Sisters of Mary School to help me be a better person, be knowledgeable enough in academics and skills for me to help my family, to have a better/regular job soon and to help me improve my life. The school now is nearer than before. I have a greater chance to succeed and the school teaches me more spiritual values, knowledge, and skills. I decided to come to school with the Sisters of Mary because I know that everything is free, safe and offers high-quality secondary education. I also know that I will have a secure job after. I was also told by my teacher that the Sisters of Mary are really nice and with great, clean and high-tech facilities. This motivated me to study here.
I want to become a chemical engineer, to fix our house and have a better life. I will seek a job or part-time job so that I can pursue a college degree and help my family financially at the same time. I can help by applying all that I have learned in this institution. I will also teach others about what I learned. I can help them as well by becoming a successful person someday where I can lift my family from poverty.”
“My name is Adventina Gabriel Kegoka. I was born on October 10, 2005. I am the second born of 4 children. My father is Gabriel and my mother is Debora, both of them are farmers. I come from very poor family and so we worked so hard in order to survive. For me, I grew up with my grandfather until Standard 7. I had to help fetch water from a far place so I had to get up at 2:00 in the morning so that I could fill up two big drums with water, before going to school. Oftentimes, I was late in school but my teacher understood so I was given consideration. We ate only twice a day, morning and evening. My mother is sick with high blood pressure. This started when she delivered our youngest brother. That is why my youngest brother is named Goodluck. Now he is in Standard 2. In our place, most people believe in witchcraft. And people when they get sick, they associate it with witchcraft and so they go to those quack doctors for healing. One day, my mother was walking and she saw that the road was white and she got blind. Nobody knows why. My father is also sick of diabetes so both of them could not work much. Thus, my other siblings have to work to have food to eat. Also In our culture, the girls are circumcised after they finish Standard 7.Majority of the parents believe in this and if a girl does not undergo on this female organ mutilation, something bad will happen to the girl or the family. As girls, we are always afraid when this time comes. So for me, I escaped from my family and hide in an institution called TFGM, which protects thosegirls like me who do not like to be circumcised. And good that my parents also do not force us but I had to escape since our relatives insist that we follow our tradition.When the Sisters of Mary came to our place, I took the exam and interview and with the grace of God, I passed. I did not go home anymore so that I will not be forced to be circumcised.My fear disappeared when I arrived at the Sisters of Mary School. I am so happy, not only because I can study and provided for with many things for free but above all, I will not be circumcised and I am safe here. I’m eating well, I’m sleeping in a good place, but then I think about my family. I do not know if they get food. But then I study very hard in order to remove all the problems and the challenges which are in my family. I am now learning many things not only in academics but also I learn how to sew, how to bake bread and cakes. I love singing and I have the opportunity to develop my talent since all of us are being taught how to sing well especially during the Mass. Someday, I could help my family. I continue to pray that this culture of ours be totally stopped because we, ladies, are victims. Someday, I will be defender of the rights of women. I thank God for having chosen me to be here.”
“I have four brothers and three sisters. My dad works in the fields, but what he earns, he doesn’t give to my mom, but he spends it on drinking. My dad said that women don’t study, that they can only serve to cook and give children. But I wanted to study, so I went to work in the fields to buy my notebooks.
I decided to come here because I wanted to continue studying and my dad couldn’t give me that possibility anymore. I want to study to achieve something in the future. I hope to be a light to my family and my community. After graduating from the Villa I am going to get a job to help my family for a while, and then I want to study at the university. I want to help my family and my community by sharing my knowledge.”
Happyness is one of the first students at our Girlstown in Tanzania! She grew up with her mother solely raising her, as her father died when she was very young. The two of them lived in an adobe hut, and would often struggle with not having food to make it through each day.
After meeting the Sisters and starting school, she has experienced great joy. Her aspirations are quickly becoming a reality as she studies subjects like math, English, chemistry and computing.
Happyness dreams of one day becoming Tanzania’s President!
Dobrick is a student at our Philippines Boystown. He is the fourth child of seven from a very poor family. His mother is a laundry woman, and his father a construction worker. Due to the accessibility of his work, often times his father would only be able to come home once a month. Before encountering the Sisters, Dobrick would need to help his mother wash costumers’ clothing in order to assist in his family’s financial responsibilities. He would even work carrying sandbags at construction sites to help provide.
Now, Dobrick can study knowing that his new education will allow him to provide a hopeful future for him and his family.
He wants to become a teacher when he grows up in order to help young children, like himself, have better opportunities.
Heidy currently studies at our Girlstown Guatemala. She grew up primarily living with her Aunt in a house made of sugar cane reeds because her mother had to work, and her father abandoned them when she was only an infant. Life was very difficult. They didn’t have enough money for food, and would sometimes only eat a few tortillas a day. When she was finally able to go to school after much sacrifice, Heidy loved to learn, but unfortunately couldn’t afford everything she needed for school and was often outcast by her classmates for being poor.
Her life with the Sisters has been an immense blessing to her and her family. She is able to learn and receive the care a child needs without worry of financial burden.
Heidy hopes to continue her studies to become an attorney!