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What's Great About YouSM Great Child ProgramSM
12 years old:
My caregiver planed for a traditional female genital cut in me. I was afraid and sad knowing what was awaiting me. I shared the sad new with my best friend. She reminded me to look at myself and recognize how great I am.
I remember our previous Great Child classes and that children gave me wonderful comments about how brave, strong and caring I am.
My friend and I went to a children's officer to report my case. On our way, two other members from Great Child joined us. The officer was good. He wrote a lot on paper and call my caregiver. My caregiver promised not to take me for a cut.
I am happy that children in the Great Child club had taught me to stand up for myself and others, and to defend my rights and the rights of other children. Because of my story, many children come to me for advice. They share their stories. I help them but also send them to join the Great Child class. I feel like I am a champion for children.
10 years old:
Every time I get in front of a group to speak my body feels weird. And I stutter mostly because I’m afraid people will laugh and talk about me.
For the first time , I did not stutter because of the connections in this class and everyone made me feel good about speaking”. He later reported that he has not stuttered since.
14 years old:
"I was very quiet and could not speak for myself. Now I am Head Prefect in my school, leading 825 students. I give speeches. And I work for peace in my community. My courage and skills are a result of joining Great Child which makes children have voices and be heard."
91% OF 87 children 9 to 12 years old
Wrote only positive comments after their first class:
* I learned things about myself from others that I did not know.
*I learned that I am very capable.
*My self esteem is built up stronger and I am walking out of this class changed.
*I could be myself in this class. I don't have to act like somebody else.
*The class helps build character. It helps public speaking.
11 years old:
During covid, many families have no food. My mother decided to sell me off for marriage to a 45 yr. old man. For two months I stayed in his house as his wife.
During this time, children in the Great Child class were meeting and did not see me. They decided to look for me and elders in the village found out. They told the chief of the area who went to my mum's house.
The children found me at the man's house and took me to my mum's. The children and the chief talked to her. Now I am not married and am back at school. I am among the few who sat for national exams in my grade. I would like to be a human rights defender, especially for girls rights.
9 years old:
My parents died. No one played with me because I had open wounds, vomiting and diarrhea. I did not take my drugs every day because I heard big people say that I will die anyway.
Then I joined the Great Child program in my school. I felt loved because they said what was great about me. I never knew that.
After classes, they asked me to walk home with them.
One day I was walking to the hospital and a girl went with me. She talked to me about taking care of myself.
I started to wash my wounds. I took my drugs every day. Now the doctors smile and say I am doing good.
I feel happy when I get to the school gate. I have many friends that are caring, and I love them too.
10 years old:
My parent hit me often because I made many small mistakes. When I got hit, I went to school and hit other children. Then teachers hit me.
I did the what makes me happy activity: I said sun, music, friends, rain. What I learned is that I have to make myself happy.
I asked my parent to correct me when I make a mistake instead of hitting me, Last week I got pinched only once. Before it was daily. I don't hit other children. Teachers don’t hit me.
One year later: In a class of 32 students, the boy was #22, now he is #7. Teachers gave him a leadership position because of his tremendous behavior improvement and his good character in correcting and helping other children. He started a Great Child Program in his school.
11 years old:
I did not know how to read and write. I used to skip school and if I went I could escape because nothing seemed interesting.
When I joined the Great Child program, it gave me all the reasons to stay in school. The program has helped me to know how to read and write and to become a leader. I feel happy now. I am a school prefect.