Fighting for Opportunity and Education - Martin and Her Road to a Diploma

Senegal

A country in western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It became independent of France on the 4th of April 1960. It is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. Nevertheless, it remains among the countries with the lowest level of social development. Almost a half of the country’s area is occupied by farming land, but farming is becoming increasingly difficult due to frequent climate shocks. The highest temperature of 48.8 °C has been recorded in Matam.

Overview:
  • 38% of the society lives below the threshold of poverty, that is, for less than 1.90 USD per day
  • the employment rate in Senegal is 50.6%
  • 44% of the working population is engaged in farming
  • only 13.9% of the population aged 25 or more has any post-elementary education
  • the literacy index among the youth aged 15 to 24 is 69.8%
We pay for education of

56 girls

at the vocational school in Dakar

100%

of our graduates work in their profession

20.08.2023

Holding a piece of paper in her hand with a vaguely written address on it, ten-year-old Martin feels for the first time that she is losing her grip. She hands it to the driver of the yellow car rapide and is relieved to see him nod. He seems to know where he needs to take her. Martin has no idea. All she knows is that she has to find her uncle and that nothing will be the same.

The girl will feel this way many more times, but what she remembers best is that day when she couldn’t read the drug dosage. It was for this dear uncle who had taken her in in Dakar when the closer family had not a penny to share. Indecipherable words dance on the hastily written prescription – two tablets each in the morning and evening or two for the whole day? Can the uncle’s heart withstand such a difference?

More than 40% of Senegalese cannot read or write. We can hardly even imagine functioning in a world that divides people according to their ability to read the alphabet. Those who cannot do so can only work in the fields. They cannot write a job application. They will not manage with a computer. They can’t buy milk for their baby without help.

But Martin, having grown up in bustling Dakar, refuses to accept such a fate. Not because she doesn’t want to work – quite the opposite. But for his family she wants something better, so she is looking for her opportunity. This is how she meets Sister Eve, who, seeing her determination, knows straight away – investing in Martin’s education is a good decision. It’s even a necessity.

Martin, letter by letter, hour by hour, struggles to catch up with what for some people takes up a large part of their childhood. That’s how two years pass.

*****

On Saturday, Martin, along with 53 students, received her graduation diploma. An intensive two years of literacy and training in sewing, cooking and childcare skills. It took two parties to make this a success – you, who gave us your trust by donating funds for the girls’ days of education in Senegal. And Martin, who did not miss a single class. She knew that such an opportunity would not come again.

Today, holding her diploma in her hands, she is smiling from ear to ear. Everything is going to be fine and, most importantly, she has earned it.

Thank you for every chance given to Martin, measured in days when you believed in her. Since the beginning of the year you have donated 94 such days – that’s half the school year. Please help us donate the other half to the schoolgirls who are just beginning their journey!

Urgent Help Needed

Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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