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FROM PERIL TO PROMISE

Give vulnerable girls
a pathway to a
brighter future

This Christmas, you can give a vulnerable girl a pathway to a brighter future. December will see many of us settle down to watch the FIFA World Cup, celebrate with families, and give thanks at Christmas.  Elsewhere, in the world’s poorest communities, vulnerable young girls are hoping for a brighter future.

Early marriage and teenage motherhood are too often seen as the only source of security for girls in Nepal, Malawi, and India, unless parents can fund an education for their daughters. Tragically, for too many parents challenged by extreme poverty, the hope of providing a better life, and educational opportunities for their children drives them towards dangerous decisions and unsafe migrant work. Often, this is not the promised land that was hoped for.

As we have seen in the headlines, five million brave migrant workers have left their homes and their families in search of work in Qatar, home of this year's World Cup. More than six thousand have died in pursuit of a better future - most of them from India and Nepal. These needless losses mean families are plunged further into poverty and vulnerability. Girls’ hopes and dreams are often the first to be shattered as they pick up the burden at home.

At least 6,500

migrant workers have died in Qatar since it was awarded the World Cup

two thirds

of workers killed are from India and Nepal

£1 per hour

Workers face 18-hour working days and pitiful wages to provide for their families

The road to this year’s World Cup has been a dark and treacherous one. But the road to an education and a brighter future for vulnerable girls should not include this level of risk.

That’s why we’re asking for your support today to help fund EMMS International’s Healthcare Career Pathway, which helps vulnerable girls like Anita access education and first jobs as healthcare professionals. Living in one of the poorest districts of one of the poorest countries in the world, where opportunity is scarce, Anita’s dreams of becoming a nurse were shattered when her father died, and her family could no longer fund her education.

Alternatively, a regular gift helps us with the long-term work of building a global healthcare workforce which is fit for today and the challenges of the future. You can become a Champion of Change by signing up to a regular gift.

Education is the premise of progress in every society, in every family.”

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General

But, thanks to the generosity of people like you, Anita is now at college, learning to be a nurse, being coached, mentored, and financially supported.  She even has the promise of a guaranteed job at one of EMMS Internationals’ partner hospitals, when she completes her studies. ‘When my father died, my mother took care of the family, but I had no support from others.  Learning to be a nurse means I can make a difference to my family – I am now pursuing my dreams.’

Your support means that girls remain connected to their loved ones and wider community.  Anita’s aim is to be able to care for people in her own community while providing an income for herself and her family. She hopes to complete her education, and to break the cycle of sickness and poverty that forces girls down difficult roads and sees families putting their lives on the line overseas in dangerous conditions to make ends meet.

This Christmas, make your gifts matter to vulnerable girls like Anita and help them overcome adversity.

My gift to create a pathway of promise