In some countries children, particularly girls, have a battle on their hands to even start school, let alone stay in school and complete their education. The thing is that in developing countries an education makes a huge difference to a child's life. It really does make their future, and their children's future rosier. And that's why when a milestone birthday blipped on my radar I decided I wanted to pledge it to Camfed.
Gretchen Rubin advocates "find your Calcutta" in her book Happier at Home. She is referring to finding a cause that stirs you, that calls you to action, that motivates you to get up and do something to help. I guess you could call female education in developing countries my Calcutta.
In eleven days I turn 40 and I don't need anything. I am incredibly lucky. On top of that I have years of education behind me. My parents encouraged me to get as much education as I could whilst I could. It opened doors for me and set me on the path I am currently on. As a mother I will encourage my three boys too to go as far with their education as possible. Because they can and because education does make a difference. More so in countries where education is not a right but a privilege.
Camfed reports that if you educate a girl in Africa she'll:
- Earn up to 25% more and reinvest 90% in her family.
- Be three times less likely to become HIV-positive.
- Have fewer, healthier children who are 40% more likely to live past the age of five.
So you see education does make a difference. But it's a privilege which needs support: financial support, support from the local community and cheers from the sideline. So this is me cheering from the sideline!
I would love to be able to raise £300 - that's enough to buy all the essentials to keep 20 children in school for a year in rural Africa. Just £15 ensures a year's education for a child who's life is transformed by this precious schooling. So, help me celebrate my 40th birthday and pop over to my fundraising page and donate whatever you can - every donation helps, no matter the amount.