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S: Year 6 Exhibition 2012 CGGS

BC: MY DIARY BY EMMA KHOO | This is a diary written by Emma who is a One Girl worker who flies over to Sierra Leone with her colleague, Annie. They visit a girl called Kadie and offer her a scholarship to go to school. Her mum says yes to the scholarship. We leave Sierra Leone the day after her first school day. The next time we visit her is twelve years later when she's twenty four.

FC: My Diary | By Emma Khoo

1: 6th of January 2000 Hi, my name is Emma and I work for One Girl Australia with my friend Annie. One Girl helps girls who are out of school to get an education. | Annie and I

2: 9th of January 2000 Today, Annie and I flew to Sierra Leone and we met a girl and her family who we were going to be staying with for the next nine days. The girl's name is Kadie. She lives with her mum, her dad and her brother, Mohamed. | Kadie, her mum, her dad and her brother, Mohamed

3: 10th of January 2000 Today Mohamed told Annie that he was starting his second year of school next week. Last year Kadie's family had enough money to send one child to school. Her parents chose Mohamed because he was a boy. They thought he would get a job easily. | Mohamed talking to Annie

4: This afternoon, Kadie told Annie and I that a few days before we arrived she received a violent beating because she asked to go to school. Her mum said she couldn't because she was going to be getting married to a man three times her age. Kadie said she works by herself at home when her brother is at school because both of her parents work on a farm. | Kadie working at home and her parents at the farm | Kadie talking to Annie

5: Imagine Having a Life Without An Education: | EARLY MARRIAGE | PREGNANCY | ABUSE | LONG HOURS OF WORK | BEING SOLD | VIOLENCE | CAN'T SOCIALISE AND MAKE FRIENDS | CAN"T LEARN NEW THINGS

6: 11th of January 2000 Today Annie and I told Kadie that she could go to school this year. We gave her a uniform, stationery and her fees were paid for the whole year. She will be starting school at the same time as her brother. | Annie and I giving her a uniform and stationery

7: The reason why her fees were all paid for was because of nine girls in Australia who participated in Do It In a Dress. They played a soccer game in a school dress and raised $240. They sent me these pictures.

8: 16th of January 2000 Today was Kadie's first day of school. Annie and I went with her. She had a happy look on her face the whole day. She told us that she made lots of friends and learnt new subjects like maths and spelling. | Kadie's first day of school

9: 18th of January 2000 Today we are leaving Sierra Leone. I will miss Kadie and her family. I hope she will be happy getting an education this year. We will truly miss Kadie and hope to visit her again in the future. | Saying goodbye

10: 1st of November 2012 It's been over twelve years since I last wrote in my diary. It's great that I've found it and at the right time too, because I'm flying off to Sierra Leone with Annie to see how Kadie and her family are going. One Girl has been able to pay off all of Kadie's school since 2000. A generous family sponsored her and she was able to go to school many years after we left. Can't wait to see Kadie!!!

11: A picture of Kadie now that she sent to me

12: 2nd of November 2012 Annie and I have arrived in Sierra Leone. Kadie is now twenty-four and has completed university. She studied to become a doctor which was what she wanted to be when she was younger. Kadie has found a job in another country where she has been working for a few months. She is engaged to a man who she met in university. She said to Annie and I that she's glad she didn't get married when she was twelve because she was way too young back then. Kadie gave us two photos each. One of them was her university graduation picture and the other one was of her at her work place.

13: Kadie's university graduation picture

14: 7th of November 2012 Today we are leaving Sierra Leone. Kadie had a quick conversation with Annie and I before we left. She said thanks to One Girl she was able to live a normal life and get an education. Kadie has been happy ever since she got an education. She was able to learn new things and become what she dreamed of being. Kadie is now earning an income and can put that money back into her family and community. By Kadie getting an education it can benefit many people.

15: Kadie at her work place in her office

16: THE END

17: By helping a girl go to school you can change her life and make her dreams come true. To help send a girl to school visit: http://www.onegirl.org.au/ and donate or sponsor a girl so they can receive an education.

18: ROLES: Kadie: Camille S Mohamed: Isabel G Kadie's Mum: Leila W Kadie's Dad: Georgia P Annie: Anastasia I Emma: Emma K University Teacher: Josie G Do It In a Dress Girls: Sophie E, Bronte H, Zoe H, Sophie W, Olivia D, Trinity K, Camille S, Georgia P and Leila W Kadie's Friends: Chelsea B and Kate C Photographers: Emma K and Abby F

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