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They Are All #HungryToLearn - Jennifers Story



I grew up originally in the Caribbean as I've mentioned before. One of the things that my mom valued the most was an education. We grew up under the British system where we start Kindergarten at the age of 5 and by the time we are 16 we've graduated High School and on our way to college. Another 2 years of college and we're done at the age of 18. Quite unlike here in the USA. My own mother only had a formal elementary school education and so she made sure that each of her child made their way to college and graduate. No ifs, ands or buts about it! When I had my own children I made sure that it was the same. My oldest is now in university and doing quite well. She actually just made the Dean's List and I couldn't be more proud. I was hungry to learn as a child and my kids are no exceptions.


My own toddler is super hungry to learn and as a baby I made sure to have as many books as possible to foster her love of reading and learning. When it was time for her to start pre-school she was as excited as could be. Her own siblings were already in school and there was nothing more that she wanted to do. I couldn't imagine not having an education and my kids not having an education as well. Unfortunately there are lots of young girls who can't have an education because of their circumstances but with the help of CARE they are able to. Today I want to share with you Jennifer's story.


Photo Credit: CARE
Jennifer Osei Boakye is one of millions of girls around the world who benefit from CARE’s work with men like Chief Nana. Just 8 years-old, Jennifer wakes up before dawn every day to fetch several buckets of water for her entire family from a faraway water source. She washes the family’s dishes and cooks. Despite her workload, Jennifer also goes to school. CARE has helped boost school retention for girls in her community by more than 50 percent by explaining to parents and community leaders that educating girls is an investment that pays long-term economic, health and social dividends to families and communities.

Photo Credit: CARE
There are many girls like Jennifer who has lots of barriers to overcome in order to get the education they need. In Jennifer's case it's the burden of fetching water for her family. Did you know?

- Keeping girls out of school sentences them to a life of poverty and poor health

- Women earn 10-20% more for every year of school completed - Children of educated mothers are 2x as likely to go to school

- Children born to literate moms are 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.

Photo Credit: CARE
There are however ways you can help. You can make a donation on CARE's education gift catalog page. Your donation as little as $10 can make all the difference to girls such as Jennifer. A $38 donation can even provide school uniforms for 2 girls. So skip those expensive coffee at Starbucks for a few days and support girl's education around the world.  Let's make their education dream a reality!

If this video of Jennifer's story doesn't pull on your heartstring I don't know what will.


I know that I couldn't possibly see my children not having an education and I would love for girls around the world to have one as well. Remember they are all Hungry To Learn! So help out today!


Here are the ways you can connect with CARE.



Let's discuss: What does education mean to you? 

Annmarie John
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18 comments:

  1. All kids deserve the luxuries we take for granted here CARE is amazing!

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  2. All kids deserve a good education. It's sad that in many places they can't get one.

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  3. Care is a great organization that does wonderful things for girls around the world. I have donated to them in the past and I appreciate this reminder. Education is everything. It is so important. Graduating from college and getting a post-graduate degree also is the best thing I ever did and my husband and I made sure my children went and graduated from college also.

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  4. I know first hand the importance in a good education but it can be so expensive to get. My parents paid for my college education and I totally wasted it on a program that was far to easy and as it turns out "wasn't the job for me". Now I am paying for university so I know how expensive it can be. So important that we make it easier for all kids to get a great education.

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  5. I have not heard of Care organization before today but it sounds amazing. Children deserve everything and 1st and most important a great education.

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  6. It's so sad how many children don't have everything they need to access a proper education. This is a great cause to donate to.

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  7. I think we take it for granted in this country. This breaks my heart. This sounds like a great way to help our kids who desperately need help. I have not heard of this organization before but it definitely sounds like one that focuses on what is important.

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  8. I agree all children deserve a good education and good food. No child should ever have to fight for that. I breaks my heart to see kids suffering.

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  9. We sure do take things for granted around here don't we? This is a great post ... an awesome reminder. Yes, all kids deserve a great education!

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  10. It's sad to hear about some kids that have to overcome such great things for their educations. I hope one day that isn't the case.

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  11. As the daughter of a teacher, I've always had a love of learning and an appreciation for education. I hope someday education is available and affordable for everyone! This sounds like a worthy cause and a great program!

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  12. Jennifer is such a beautiful and inspiring girl. Shes does so much at that age many adults can't do.. I like this initiative by CARE and I will make a donation. Btw ... I grew up in the Caribbean as well and we do start school really early .. great post :-)

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  13. What a fantastic cause! As a teacher I love this

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  14. I was just explaining to my youngest how some people have to walk for hours just to get water each day. We are so very fortunate, and it's important to help where we can and remember our blessings.

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  15. Education means everything to us. A good education can make dreams come true. CARE is such a great cause.

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  16. Even though I didn't focus on Jennifer's story in my post, because it was getting too big as is, I read all of them and I think this is a beautiful cause. So glad you shared.

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  17. I believe so strongly in education for girls and women! Thank you for highlighting their story!

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  18. You're right... that video is very touching! So many issues at play there... not the least of which is the distressing lack of nearby, available water. So neat that this CARE organization has influenced the *grownups* (and chief!) ideas for the better, in gaining more support for keeping those girls in school.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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