This is the story of Sabina, one of the more than 100,000 lives improved thanks to the collaboration of the Unilever Foundation with the World Food Programme.
Sabina, ten years old, lives in a mud house, in a very small village with her mother and her younger brother, Mehedi, three years old. The family suffered from the lost of the father who passed away in 2010.
Since that day, the hard task of feeding the family weighs on her mother’s shoulders. As a single woman, she has to be a day labour worker, a housewife and an attentive mother at the same time.
Sabina understands the precariousness the family lives in, and helping her mother the most she can is natural for her. Family is the most precious present she has.
But Sabina is a smart and mature girl, because she knows how to share her time between household and school. She goes to school every day and loves it. During the lesson, she is extremely focus because she likes when the work is well done. She also observes a lot how the teacher behaves since she decided she would be a Bangla teacher when it will be time for her to choose a profession.
When she comes back at home, she assists her mother by cooking and cleaning rooms. One of her household tasks is to bring water. For that, she has to carry a heavy jar on her shoulder for 2 kilometres. This incredible energy she has comes from her strong character and great determination.
Her mother confesses that the vitamin-packed High Energy Biscuits provided by WFP, which Sabrina eats during break times, are also necessary to keep going ahead in their daily family struggle for a decent life.
When she has free time, Sabina leaves all her heavy adult concerns aside, and she becomes again a little girl playing jump rope with her friends, or ball with her young brother. She always takes the time to make her bands match with her clothes.
There are thousands of stories like Sabina’s. The strength emanating from that little girl remains unique.