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.
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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