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.

The day starts early in Burkina Faso and these days there's a lot of activity in the ABC school in Burkina Faso. School just started again on October 3rd after summer vacation and 70 new students are beginning their studies. Then begins a procedure where photos are taken of the children and they are then registered into the computer system in the hopes they will find a sponsor for their studies. The poverty level in this area from where the children come is extreme. The area is Quenzenville and is located in the city Bobo Dioulasso which has around 500.000 people. There's not enough room at the school for all that are in need but thanks to a lot of hard work from staff and volunteers the area has gotten bigger and more students can enter and study longer. Currently there are over 500 students in the school.

It's difficult to imagine the poverty these children come from. A volunteer from ABC is in Burkina Faso and this is how she describes what she sees; "All the children come from extreme poverty. Families live in huts made out of clay, and sometimes with a little cement, and the roof is made of iron plates. When it rains the poorest of the huts simply collapse. There's no electricity and toilet facilities are a hole outside the hut or simply non existent.  Water is purchased from the nearest bore hole or collected from a dirty river and then carried home. Dinner is cooked outside. Maize sticks and peanuts are grown for the rainy seasons outside the huts or in a small field and that lasts for several months. When that food is gone that's when the grim reality of poverty really sets in. These families are often quite large. When the parents die usually relatives try to attend to the children and a lot of the children in the ABC school are orphans".

These are tough times but optimism reigns in the ABC school thanks to a lot of hard work from staff, volunteers and, last but not least, our wonderful students.

A lot of activity in our École ABC de Bobo in Burkina Faso.

The 3rd of October was the first day of school and the children were very excited about starting again.

There has been plenty going on at the school ground also. A new 3 story building is nearly completed and it will house secondary school students. There's been digging for installation of water pipes, new solar panels have been put on the ground and a huge new water tank has been put in place. There's also a new music hall.

This is thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of great people; teachers, workers and volunteers.

The Reykjavik Marathon took place on August 20th and it was very successful. Runners were able to support a charity of their choice by being sponsored for their run and the donations went that charity.

 

 

All in all there were 42 runners who collected donations to ABC Children's Aid and 115.000 ISK (around 983 dollars) were raised in support. We thank the runners dearly as well as those who sponsored their run.

 

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