This is a story about a girl named Anne.
A girl named Anne who lives in Uganda, with her mother, her father, and her 8 brothers and sisters.
Anne is 13 years old. Like other little girls her age, Anne goes to school and likes to play with her friends who live in nearby communities.
But for Anne, it’s incredible that she can do these things at all.
Not too long ago, Anne’s family lived together in a tiny house, no bigger than your living room. Every day was a constant struggle. And life was hard.
Anne’s community was not safe for children to grow up in – there was always a risk of being attacked.
The use of child labour was rife, and child marriage was a common practice.
The future for children like Anne was uncertain at best. But that was before our Christian partner, SAO Uganda, started working in her community.
Now Anne and three of her sisters are sponsored by Baptist World Aid supporters in Australia. And, through the program, her parents have received farming training.
Anne’s parents have always been farmers. But, before, their harvest was small and they made no money at all. They could not even afford to let two of Anne’s older brothers and sisters finish their schooling. It broke their hearts.
But since their training, Anne’s parents have increased their crop yield and they have learned how to keep chickens and other livestock.
Now Anne’s parents have enough money to send not just Anne, but all of their young children to school.
They have even built Anne and her brothers and sisters a bigger, stronger family home for them to live in!
Anne’s parents have achieved these things with hard work, the help of our Child Sponsorship program and the support of Australians, like you, who sponsor.
And now Anne’s community is safer too!
Child labour, child marriage and child abuse are no longer the common problems they once were, thanks to community education and the formation of a Child Protection Committee (both of which were also funded through our Child Sponsorship program!)
Now Anne doesn’t worry about getting married at just 13 years old. And she doesn’t go to work – she goes to school!
Because her community is safer, Anne can visit her friends in neighbouring villages and play with them – just like other little girls her age.
Anne’s story is incredible.
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