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Translating dreams into reality

Lovely, 19, left primary school when she was 13 because her father needed her to supplement his income to support the family of five.

“So I joined a garment factory,” says Lovely. “But I came to know about this technical training school being run by Plan International and Muslim Aid even before I joined the garment factory.”

One day, Lovely visited the training school with her mother, found out about the different courses that were being offered, and spoke with the officer who helped graduates from the school find a job.

In 2008, Lovely joined the technical training school’s electronics technology department. Besides hands-on training the school also provided training on professional etiquette and professional environment adaptation.

The project does not just train young people, but also arranges employment for them, targeting those who are disadvantaged and have dropped out of school.

After completing the course, we helped Lovely find employment at a firm called Innovative Technologies, through which she earned a monthly salary of approximately US$60. Lovely is now self-reliant, with many other girls aged 15 and 24 following in her footsteps and attending the project.

Lovely has also resumed her education and is currently studying in Grade 9 at Bangladesh Open University. She wants to study commerce. Her accomplishment serves as a source of inspiration for others who strive to follow in her footsteps and look upon her as a role model.

“It feels great when my neighbours tell me that they want to see their daughters doing what I am doing now,” says Lovely.

With our support, Lovely was connected to opportunities to overcome the challenges she faced with her family and seek a brighter future.

“I am happy I can now support my father and my family. It wouldn’t happen without Plan International support,” Lovely says.

Lovely is attending her vocational class.