Imagine your daughter or yourself as a little girl, spending hours every day walking to collect water, food and firewood. Imagine watching as your brothers attend school, while you have to stay at home to cook and care for your siblings. For millions of girls around the world, every morning they wake to this harsh reality.
Imagine you can help change their lives. You can.
CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty by focusing on women and girls.
This Christmas, CARE Australia is urging shoppers to consider giving friends and family a CAREgift that can make a lasting impact on a woman or girl’s life.
$50 can train and equip a birth attendant to ensure a baby’s safe delivery into the world.
$69 can send a girl to school for a year and provide her with everything she needs including a uniform, school books and stationary.
$100 can help a woman start a small business and fulfil her dream of earning her own income.
Educated girls are more likely to grow up healthy and are:
– Less likely to die in childbirth
– More likely to have healthy babies
– More likely to send her children to school, and
– Better able to protect her children and herself from HIV/AIDS, trafficking and sexual exploitation.
This is Fidelia Soares and her daughter, Augustina*. Fidelia is a mother-of-six and participant in CARE’s Young Women Young Nation program in Timor-Leste (East Timor).