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Rakiyah Isah - Taura, Jigawa state, Nigeria

Submitted by Anas Mohammed - Dutse, Jigawa State

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Rakiyah is raising and training 5 young ladies and sending them to school up to their graduation with little or no help from their fathers.

Rakiyah's pursuit for educating the young kids under her care, even though she has had little Western education, is inspirational to say the least. She really makes the difference in an area where poverty forces many young people into errand name (sale girls) for the sake of getting their daily needs. Rakiyah chose to save them from this evil of poverty by not sending to that other part of the world, by sharing the little resources she has, sending them to school, staying responsible in society, and protecting them from others who prey on the vulnerable among us and could destroy their future.

She is an inspiration to me, for she took on the responsibility of bringing up a family without penny, and is educating and training them to be responsible through sheer dedication and persistence.  

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