Empowering 10 Year Old Girls
Turning 10 might not seem the most significant of birthdays, but this age marks a crucial milestone for many in the developing world. A recent report by the United Nations Population Fund shows that our collective future is in the hands of today’s 10-year-old girls and the investment we choose to make in their lives.
For some, this age marks the journey into adolescence and an expanding world of new possibilities. For others this is the age where their potential is cut short.
In many countries where Compassion works a 10-year old girl is deemed ready for marriage. She may suffer from complications related to pregnancy and child birth. She may be forced to abandon her education; may experience gender-based violence or be pressured into domestic labour.
“Whenever a girl’s potential goes unrealized, we all lose” - UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Lord, we pray for every girl who faces enormous challenges and obstacles as she enters into adolescence. We pray for her protection against the effects of gender inequality which can rob her of so much. Show us how we can work together to realise the potential of every 10-year-old girl, investing in her life to shape the world’s future.
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Sponsor a Girl: When you sponsor a girl with Compassion, you partner with their local church to ensure that they will get every opportunity to study, receive the emotional support they need, learn about Jesus and reach their God-given potential. As well as this, they will receive nutritious and regular health checks and be provided with a safe-haven where they are known, loved and protected.Visit the website
Compassion is an international child development charity with more than 60 years of experience working with some of the world’s poorest children. At present more than 1.8 million children attend Compassion’s church-based projects in 25 of the world’s poorest countries.