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Meet the Changemakers

Sanmya, 13, Brazil

Meet tomorrow's leaders, innovators, Changemakers

With your support they're changing the world

Meet the young people from difficult backgrounds who, thanks to supporters like you, are eager to make a positive impact on their world in years to come.

As you read these stories, please also think about the children who benefit from your support – because you’re giving them every chance to one day become changemakers too.

These inspirational changemakers are making an incredible difference in their communities. They’re smart, skilled and determined to make a better, fairer world.

Soaad, Egypt, smiling
“Before, if my father had told me not to go to school, I would have given in. Not now.” Soaad, 14, a member of the Safer Cities Club in Cairo, Egypt.

Meet Soaad

Where Soaad lives in Cairo, Egypt, street harassment is rife. Parents, anxious about the dangers their daughters face and the shame associated with harassment, often keep them at home – meaning they miss out on an education.

Soaad and her friends in her community – one of the poorest in Egypt – are standing up for their rights. That’s because of the Safer Cities club. Every week, Soaad and her friends are encouraged to be confident and learn karate, the self-defence that will help to reassure their parents that they’re safe to go to school. Our project also helps boys to develop their self-esteem and respect girls, helping to bring an end to street harassment in the future.

Hamdiya, Ghana, at school
“I want to become a nurse, and give back to my community.” Hamdiya, 14, part of the REACH initiative in Ghana.

Meet Hamdiya

Growing up in a small farming community in Ghana’s northern region, Hamdiya dreams of becoming a nurse. Sadly, her family doesn’t earn enough to support themselves, so Hamdiya had to drop out of school.

Then Hamdiya’s parents enrolled her in Plan International’s REACH initiative, which provides a nine-month accelerated learning programme to disadvantaged children. Now Hamdiya can speak, read and write English, and has every chance of fulfilling her dreams of being a nurse and caring for her community. Hamdiya is determined to achieve her dream and improve the health of everyone in her community.

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Meet Antora

Thanks to supporters like you, Antora attends a chidren’s club, helping her and her friends to stay safe and to protect themselves from abuse.

Child marriage is a big problem for girls in Antora’s community, but thanks to the club, Antora is confident that this won’t happen to her. She’s telling everyone in her community that child marriage is wrong – so she’s already become a defender of the next generation of girls like her.

Ritah, 22, Uganda.
"Thanks to the SmartUp Factory, I'm now running a small business, raising chickens, and with the money I'm saving, I hope I can continue my studies." Ritah, 22, Uganda.

Meet Ritah

At the SmartUp Factory young people from disadvantaged backgounds are coming together to build a brighter future.

The scheme has already reached 500 young people, and as well as receiving the practical skills, business know-how and coaching they need to make their dreams a reality, many of them – including Ritah – are now training other young entrepreneurs to follow in her footsteps. “I give training to girls and boys, because girls are worth just as much as boys.”

Thank you for giving more children every chance for the future, we’re so grateful for your generosity.

You're helping to create a generation of Changemakers

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