Spotlight Story April: Plan International- Because I am a Girl

Each month we will be sharing inspiring stories, events and news from all three of our 2019 charitea partners. Get ready to be inspired & empowered!

OVERCOMING BARRIERS AS AN INDIGENOUS GIRL: MAYRA

Girls around the world face unique challenges that can keep them out of school. For indigenous girls, there are additional prejudices make breaking the cycle of poverty even more difficult.  Mayra, 17, comes from an indigenous community in Guatemala, where girls are the least educated, and the most vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, discrimination and child marriage.

For Mayra, the desire to go to school is important, but she feared she would fall into the same footsteps as her sisters and others in her community and marry young.


“Many girls do not continue with their education because their parents want them to stay at home and look after the house. They believe girls should just get married, do chores and have children,” Mayra explained.


When Mayra received a scholarship from Plan to help continue her education, she shared: “Studying is what makes me happy. I dream about obtaining a degree in social work. Then, I will be able to help other girls in similar situations.”

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