Alimata has been with us for six years now and has not yet got a job, although employment is her second biggest dream. Second, because she is the mum of the disabled boy whose story we reminded you of yesterday – and nothing is more important to her than her beloved son’s return to health.
The 27-year-old started a course in cutting and sewing and learning to read at our sewing centre in Gourcy last year, but absences due to childcare meant she had to take a break. We provided her child with rehabilitation and further medical appointments, which enabled her to return to sewing, but the weekly journey to school was a problem for her.
A reminder: completing such a three-year course is basically a guarantee of getting a job in Burkina Faso. 62% of Burkina Faso’s population over the age of 15 cannot read or write. Completing the school is a real distinction.
And that’s when YOU came to the rescue by funding her weekly trips to tailoring school. Alimata has not wasted this opportunity; she regularly attends classes and is an exemplary student.
There is a reason we are telling you the woman’s story today. We are celebrating International Education Day. For Alimata, education is a chance for a peaceful future in which she can take care of herself and her son. You can give her such an opportunity today by giving Alimata a Bouquet of Good that we will turn into more days of learning.