Rebati’s Story

Junima headshotJunima Shakya, Sponsorship Manager

Pyuthan, Nepal

December 12, 2012


During my last visit to Chandreshwori Primary School in Pyuthan, a Sponsorship Impact Area in western Nepal, I met Rebati. With her welcoming smile, Rebati works at the school and is very popular among the teachers and students.

I was interested in talking with Rebati after learning that her son, Bikash, is enrolled in the sponsorship program and attend she schools Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Center. Rebati told me that Bikash has already received two letters from his sponsor and happily shares the sponsor’s name, though the foreign pronunciation was difficult for her, and what they had written. Blog_05.0.12_Rebati with school children

33 year-old Rebati left her studies while she was still in the 10th Grade.  She lives with her mother-in-law and two sons, while her husband of seven years works in India as a watchman. 

Her duties at the school include cleaning, serving tea and water to the teachers and students and ringing the bell for the lessons. She also often goes to the local Save the Children field office to collect sponsors letters, medicines and materials.

She has been trained by Save the Children in health and sanitation and is happy to see the changes in the school as a result of the sponsorship programs; better classroom management, an ECCD center and improvements in teachers from the trainings. Children also receive regular health care, stationery and study in a child friendly environment. 

Some of Rebati’s neighbors look down on her work at the school, but it has no impact on her. She proudly states, “I feel very happy when children call me aunty and I see them growing up with good education.” She says she wants to work in the school as long as her health allows her to.

Blog_05.0.12_Rebati ringing school bellWhen asked about her hopes for the future, she shares, “I want my boys to complete their schooling, study medicine, and become doctors or medical assistants. I always dreamt of becoming a nurse and serving sick people.” She is very grateful to Save the Children for our sponsorship program and for giving hope to many mothers like her.

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Visiting Early Childhood Care and Development Centers

Eman Mahrous, Early Childhood Care and Development IMG_1681Manager

Assuit, Egypt

October 26, 2012


 After an hour of driving on the Upper Egypt agricultural road we reached Kom el Mansoura village, part of the Assiut governorate, to visit one of the Early Childhood Care and Development centers.

 As I entered the classroom the children happily greeted me with awelcome song and beaming smiles. I talked with them a little to see that they are doing well, enjoying the classes and to ensure that they’re benefiting from the services Save the Children provides.

 IMG_1034After my conversation with the children they return to their coloring, drawing, and writing. During the classes, the children feel free and safe in an environment ideal for learning – one which every child should have, but unfortunately many still do not.

 One mother arrived at the center to bring her child lunch and I had a chance to speak with her. I asked if she is satisfied with the ECCD
services and if she sees positive changes in her child. She replied happily:

ECCD is like a dream come true; before we were constantly wondering why no one could see our problems and was helping our children, not even government officials. Then all of a sudden, our calls for help are answered. Now we have a safe place for our children to play and get an education that will help them make an easy transition to primary education since they are familiar with the school environment. Since joining the program our children are able to express their needs, communicate better with their peers and their behavior ha s improved.

The most important thing though is the parentIMG_0983 education sessions
that we attend.

Save the Children staff tell us all about common problems our children might face, how to solve them, the best ways to deal with our children and how can we support our children while they grow.

After hearing all of that, I can honestly say that the voices of the people we work with is the motivation which helps Save the Children staff,
like me, work harder and reach more children and communities in need with these beneficial services.

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