Habiba's story

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Habiba's Story

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My name is Habiba

I studied until 3rd grade at the school, but I had to drop out due to the 2017 conflict in our region in Myanmar. Since then, I just stayed at home and helped my mother and sisters cook and do housework.

I learnt about this programme when the Centre for Social Integrity (CSI) built a Community Learning Centre in our village. I wanted to get an opportunity to continue my education in the centre to fulfil my wish to become an educated person.

I want to be an educated person like our teacher. I believe my dream will come true if I continuously study in the classes provided by CSI, funded by Women for Women International. If I go to school, my parents will have to spend money on education fees, and here I can learn for free, which is very helpful for my parents as we struggle financially. 

I really like playing games to recall our old lessons. It is fun, and at the same time, it helps me remember what I have learnt. My favourite class topic is 'helping' because I realise that helping people in need is a great deed. My behaviour, habits, attitude and communication have changed since I started my training, and I learnt how to communicate myself clearly. I also share my knowledge with my sisters when I return home from class.

Girl writing in exercise book at school
Photo credit: Centre for Social Integrity

If, as a society, we could live together peacefully and have a good relationship, we would be able to solve every problem with a better solution, and we could learn from each other's culture and language.

In the future, I would like to work in an organisation like our teacher. I also want to teach in my community, which will benefit our community and me. I want to thank CSI and Women for Women International for giving me the education I need.  

Through our partnership with the Centre for Social Integrity (CSI), a locally registered NGO, we are supporting Rohingya women and adolescent girls to improve their basic literacy, numeracy and skills, and to build their capacity to become more meaningfully engaged within their communities. Learn more by clicking here.

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Through the Conflict Response Fund, we are embarking on a mission to reach women and adolescent girls in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. Learn more about our project objectives and how you can offer your support.




Being in the programme, I enjoyed having the space to connect with other women in the skill-building and social empowerment classes. I was learning things that I never imagined I would have the opportunity to learn in my life.  



I will continue mobilising other women in the community in utilising the lessons I have learned, and I hope many more of them will be part of the training.