Tracy is nine years old and she's in an ABC school in Uganda. She's very intelligent and loves attending school. She lives with her mother and three siblings in a two bedroom house where there's no electricity and they have to use candle lights. Tracy travels some distance every day to fetch water alongside cooking and cleaning when the school day is over.

Her mother earns very little money by cleaning her neighbors's clothes and Tracy's stepfather earns about a dollar a day as a casual laborer. Together they don't earn enough money to put Tracy through school.

Despite the hardship optimism reigns. Tracy's mother is extremely grateful to her daughter's sponsor. "The ABC sponsorship program brings families hope of a better future by educating the children", she says.


A new school year began on October 3rd in the ABC school in Burkina Faso and students were pleased at resuming their studies. Happier still, if anything, were the 70 new arrivals who look forward to hitting the books and they know exciting times are ahead. First order of business for the students is mastering the French language. Over 70 different languages are spoken in Burkina Faso and it can be quite difficult relating messages in the classroom. In some cases the students speak 5-6 different languages. Gully Jonasdottir, one of two directors of the school, said in an interview that "the teacher has to combine everything so it must be quite difficult in the first and second grade but they manage somehow".

One of the new students, Alassane Konate, is 6 years old and he speaks a native language called Dafing. Of the 17 million residents of Burkina Faso only 135.000 speak the language which is less than 1%. The dialect is only spoken by muslims in the country.

Fewer than 15% of the population use French on a daily basis. But natives want to keep French as the language of instruction and not see their children learn a language at school that they already speak at home.


A lot is going on in the ABC school in Burkina Faso.

A new water pump has been installed and water is flowing from all the taps. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work and, needless to say, this is very good for the school and beneficial to everyone.

It's also nice to note that the Icelandic volunteers brought with them shoes donated by sporting goods stores in Iceland. A lot of the children in school play soccer and basketball. This time the basketball team got to go through them and find a pair that fits. The shoes will be well looked after and stored in the school and used only on practices and game days.


Nazia Saeed is a former student of the ABC school in Farooqabad.

It was in this city that ABC Children's Aid began it's operations in Pakistan in 2005. Nazia grew up in circumstances most of us find difficult to comprehend. She lived in a village which had no school and she had to travel a long and dangerous way if she was to go to one. Her mother is a widow with 7 children in all and she could not afford all the expenses involved.

In one of his visits to poor villages an employee of ABC in Pakistan found out about Nazia and her family's circumstances. As thing turned out Nazia got into the school in Farooqabad and she completed her education there. She then proceeded to finish two years of college education. Today she is working in the accounts office at Machike Boarding school which is also run by ABC in Pakistan. She plans to continue her education and complete a Bachelors Degree.

Nashiba is a seven year old girl who enjoys sponsorship to a school run by ABC Children's Aid in Uganda. She has five siblings and one of them also has a sponsor. Their mother is a widow and she cooks maize and goes door to door trying to sell them to earn some income. It's in no way enough though to meet the basics of the family's needs.

The family lives in a small room and luxuries such as electricity and running water is non existent. The children have to travel some way to fetch water and toilet facilities are shared with five other families living in the area.

Education is fundamental in order to achieve any degree of success and get out of poverty. Nashiba's mother had all but given up on the idea that her children would receive education and she's extremely grateful to her children's sponsors.

Financial support for education gives hope where hopelessness reigns.


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