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“Reading is learning”

Fourteen-year-old Mary lives in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

Crime, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy are all too common in Jamestown and many children end up working on the streets to help their families make ends meet. But Mary is determined to build a brighter future.

Here 14 year old Mary shares how she is using books you help to send to achieve her dream:

Mary in school
Mary reads every day

 

I like going to school. I walk for an hour by myself to get there. I believe if I go to school, I will learn and I’ll know more.

And I want to know more because there is something I want to achieve in future – I want to become a lawyer.

But many girls in Jamestown don’t go to school. Those who are at home, they don’t learn. They will just walk around, not doing anything. At the end of the day you will see girls as young as 12 pregnant.

 

Mary reading with her family
Mary shares a book from her local library with her family

If I didn’t have books and the school gave me an assignment, I would be suffering.

Reading is learning – if you read, you know more words and you can learn.

And maybe if you don’t understand something, they will explain it in the reading book. So you need to read every day.

Thank you for the books and for the gift that you gave me. Books have the power to change our future.

Hear more from Mary in this short video:

Rita and family

Books keeping children off the streets

Rita lives with her four children in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

Rita and her children
Rita lives with her four children in a one-bedroom house in Jamestown

Crime, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy are all too common in Jamestown and many children end up working on the streets to help their families make ends meet.

Here Rita shares how books you help to send are helping her children to stay off the streets and dream of brighter futures:

 

“There are lots of challenges as a mother in Jamestown. It’s not safe here and especially not for children. But I have lived here all my life and I don’t have anywhere else to go.

To support my children I sell condensed milk toffee in the streets. I didn’t get the opportunity to go to school as a child – I can’t read or write.

That’s why I feel really happy when I see my 14 year old daughter Mary reading. She is very serious about her education, she walks on her own to school for an hour every day and always studies at home.

When I see Mary reading, it gives me hope that she won’t have the same future as me.

Mary reading at school
Rita’s daughter Mary is determined to work hard at school a secure a brighter future

 

Every day after school, Mary goes to the library run by local NGO Street Children Empowerment Foundation (SCEF).

It’s really important for the children to have books. I just want them to have a better chance than me.

Since going to the library, Mary is more confident and can speak English really well. It makes me so happy. I really want her to be a prominent person in the future.

SCEF library
After school, Mary reads books you have helped to send at SCEF’s Library in Jamestown

I don’t have any money. I can’t buy books for my children. So I am so happy my children get to read books in the library.

Because of the library, my children, especially Mary, have a chance of having a brighter future.

I am told that all these new books at the SCEF library come from Book Aid International in the UK, and that people like you give their own money to help send them.

Thank you so much. you are helping my daughter Mary and other children here in Jamestown who could easily end up on the streets.

We want our children to go far and not be in this situation their whole life. They can achieve this through reading books.

Please keep helping Book Aid International to send more books!”