Pakistan is in the top 10 countries where children are at an extreme risk of school dropouts and learning inequalities due to COVID-19. Insights from previous epidemics like this show that girls are the first ones to drop out as the families fall deeper into poverty. Early marriage, care-giving responsibilities and child labor prevent them from returning to schools.
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Every day, 13 year old Mariam treks down steep hills to collect fresh water, and then looks after the house and her paralyzed mother. After the lockdown, her father, a daily wage laborer, lost his income and her mother suffered a paralysis attack.
Her 15 year old sister was married to ease off financial burden. Mariam was also dropping out of school, when her TCF school principal intervened and offered flexibleDONATE NOW TO HELP GIRLS LIKE Mariam
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Ayesha, an 8 grader, dreams of becoming a nurse in the military. During the lockdown, she lost her father to illness and her mother, a former housewife, now sells home crafts for a living.
However, with five children, her mother can barely make ends meet and Ayesha had to drop out of school. Her TCF school teacher then reached out and offered financial support to keep her dream alive.DONATE NOW TO HELP GIRLS LIKE AYESHA