Binta was born in Bafatá region, in north-central Guinea Bissau. Life as a girl in Bafatá was tough. Traditional practices like female genital mutilation and early marriages were common. Boys’ education was considered a priority and school dropout rates for girls were high. As a girl, Binta’s future looked uncertain.
Binta remembers receiving gifts and letters from her sponsor and says it’s a memory she holds dearly, as the experience left a lasting impact on her.
Binta’s sponsor put a huge emphasis on the importance of education. Without this, she says she would not have finished her studies six years ago. They helped Binta build her self-confidence.
With Plan International’s help, Binta learnt that being a girl is not a barrier to being successful and that she could achieve just as much as any boy in her community.
She now works on one of Plan International’s projects in Guinea-Bissau, helping other girls fight back and say no to the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.
I want to make a valuable contribution and change people’s way of thinking in relation to girls, for the development of our society.
Binta’s story shows the long-lasting impact that over 5,500 Irish child sponsors like you are making in children’s lives. Thank you for everything you do for disadvantaged children.