8-year-old Anderson hadn’t started school because he didn’t have a birth certificate. In his community in El Salvador, many families can't afford necessary paperwork when a child is born, and later find that the child can't attend school without one. Because education is an undeniable right for all children, Save the Children staff worked with the principal to enroll Anderson and his younger sister, and provided uniforms and school supplies to both kids. Photo credit: Save the Children, July 2015.

8-year-old Anderson hadn’t started school because he didn’t have a birth certificate. Save the Children staff worked with the principal to enroll him and provide school supplies.

Meet Anderson

To many people a birth certificate may seem like just a piece of paper. But for 8 year old Anderson, it’s what’s keeping him from receiving an education – a basic right of all children.

Anderson, his parents and his two younger siblings all live in a small room in his grandparents’ house in El Salvador. His parents are too strained financially to afford a birth certificate for him, so they had to make the difficult decision to keep him out of school. After learning about his situation, Save the Children community volunteers stepped in to make sure Anderson and his sister Leyli could begin going to school. Working with the school’s principal, the volunteers were able to get both children enrolled and they were even able to arrange for them to receive uniforms and supplies. Anderson is excited to start school and begin learning, and to one day help children just like Save the Children helped him.

“I want to go to learn the alphabet, the numbers and to go to draw, paint and make friends to play soccer,” he said “When I grow up I want to be a teacher to help kids.”

In El Salvador, like in many parts of the world, children who don't receive an education often become involved in gang violence or other criminal behavior. Sponsoring a child like Anderson helps ensure that they will be enrolled in school and receive the education they deserve.

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