Passekdo is a 14-year-old living in the Namentenga province in Burkina Faso.
When Passekdo was only 2 years old, her father died. For the next nine years her mother struggled to feed her and her four siblings in the midst of significant food shortages. Then, at the age of 11, Passekdo learned she herself was pregnant with a baby girl.
“Fortunately, my mother is there for me and supported me,” said Passekdo. "And, thank God I was not forced to be married. Instead, my mother takes care of my baby and helps me go to school.”
With her family’s support, she studied hard and now ranks second in her class. And, because of donors like you, Passekdo received a scholarship and was able to buy a uniform and a lamp to study. She even had money left over to buy some essentials for her mother and siblings.
Despite all the odds against her, Passekdo is determined to create a better future for herself and her baby girl.
“In life, if you stay behind, you will only be able to pick among what others have discarded,” she said. “I don’t want to be left behind.”
With your continued support, more girls like Passekdo can stay in school and look forward to a brighter future. Plan and Because I am a Girl continue to expand access to quality education through construction of adequate school facilities, providing scholarship opportunities, and establishing safe environments for Passekdo and other at-risk girls.
You + Plan =
- construction of one junior high school complex;
- plans to build eight new classrooms;
- 300 students selected for scholarships and bicycles;
- 500 girls provided with school lunches; and
One bright future for Passekdo!
Thank you! Your continued support is critical. Learn more about Plan's Because I am a Girl Burkina Faso project.