With the help of our sponsors, our sponsorship programs ensure that parents in Niger know why sending their kids to school is essential for their futures.
Stayabou’s parents have to work hard every day, from sun up until sun down, in order have enough food to feed their family of 12.Though Staybou’s father has a farm that the family uses for daily meals, the small plot’s harvest can’t provide enough food for their large family.Most of Stayabou’s siblings are not able to go to school.Instead they must work in neighboring farms for supplemental food in order for the family to survive. Stayabou’s mother and father decided that he and one of his sisters could attend school when possible, but the value of an education never trumps the need for food.Before Save the Children arrived in Maradi, Niger in 2016, chores often overrode Staybou’s presence at school.
When we arrived in Stayabou’s community, our first priority was to start educating the community about the importance of attending school regularly in order to increase child participation in school. And it’s made a difference!
The headmaster of Stayabou’s school has seen an improvement in many of the children.“The sponsorship program contributes to improving the community mobilization around the children’s studies.Children now attend school regularly and are motivated to show up and their teachers are more involved.”
With the help of our sponsors, we have big plans to improve the education in Stayabou’s schoolin Niger. We’ve only just begun.