"Because of Tahaddi I can protect myself" - Diana's story

Diana has been with Tahaddi since she was seven years old. She took part in Tahaddi’s non-formal education program, completing all six years, at which point Tahaddi paid for her to attend a hairdressing vocational training program. After completing the program, Diana was not sure if she wanted to begin working in a salon. Diana, however, did know that by finding work she would be less likely to be married off early like her older sisters. When Diana approached Tahaddi three years ago asking for help in finding work, Tahaddi was able to hire her as a classroom assistant in its preschool program. Diana proved particularly gifted in working with children with special needs, including children with Down syndrome, who were integrated in Tahaddi’s preschool program. Diana told us, “Initially I was worried that I couldn’t work with a child with Down syndrome, but I quickly learned that I love this kind of work and I am good at it!”

The money that Diana makes not only helps support her family but it also gives her a voice at home. She is able to make choices with greater independence as a family breadwinner. The opportunity to work has also opened the door to additional opportunities. Diana has recently decided to improve her English, paying for night courses from her salary, with some subsidization by Tahaddi. She has also decided to undergo further training in preschool education and is currently in the process of registering in a vocational training program. “Tahaddi gave me everything: an education, a job, and strength. Because of Tahaddi I can say no. Because of Tahaddi I can protect myself.”

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