Eight-year-old Alexandru has received support from Save the Children for two years now. During this time, he has changed a lot. He is less shy, smiles often, has made friends and has begun to trust the adults and children around him.
As we arrive at Arudselvi’s tailoring shop she steps forward to greet us with an enormous grin from ear to ear. Her smile is infectious. This is a businesswoman on the rise, who can’t quite believe her own success.
At the ECD center in Kom Ombo young children get the opportunity to play and develop in a surrounding where equal gender roles are promoted.
Growing up in an environment where violence is a form of discipline makes people believe that children must be “educated” by violence. This situation made Manuel to establish a child centre in 2010 which later was incorporated into one of Save the Children´s project.
Our project with PLAN Internation has reached more than 36,000 people, in the strive to change norms and break taboos around menstruation. It has pushed transformation towards a more equal society.
1.5-year old Valery in Peru was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. Her family still remembers the insensitive way they were treated at the hospital. Thanks to our partner UNICEF, Valery’s parents got support and guidance to help her in the best way, and they also got to meet other families in the same situation.
High up in the mountains of northern Sweden, 20-year old Zaher is on a hike with his friends and volunteers from the Swedish Red Cross. Walking long distances is nothing new to Zaher, who fled on his own from war-ridden Afghanistan three years ago.
Growing up in Ivory Coast, Yeo Nakoni was taken out of school at the age of 15 to support her parents on their farm. Her destiny was set. It could have stayed that way, if it wasn’t for her business minded mother-in-law. Today, the 51-year old grows and sells her own vegetables and can afford to send her children to school.
Business success seemed far from Sarojini’s reach as a child as she grew up in extreme poverty and every day was a struggle. Sarojini got used to finding ways to earn a little bit of money to survive. Today, the 45-year old is a proud business owner selling coconut chips for the building industry.
Growing up and selling products and services to make ends meet, inspired 35-year old Martha Sócola Morales to start her own stationary business once she graduated from university in Peru. When traditional banks wouldn’t give her a loan, she found a financial institution that focused on group loans for women only, and she could expand her business.