Mabinty (Binty) Youla I

Mabinty at Age 15 Grade 8

Binty Youla is a young girl who continues to succeed despite heartbreaking family circumstances and a challenging disability. At the age of four, Binty  Youla lost her leg due to a serious infection. In 2009, her father died in a tragic accident and nobody has seen her mother in many years. Binty Youla also has two younger siblings in the program that she has been caring for since her mother’s disappearance.

In addition to her many family responsibilities, Binty Youla still finds time to study and do well in school. She is an excellent student and, in her years with GKEF, she has steadily progressed grade levels and is one of the top students in her class.

Binty Youla knows that doing well in school will guarantee a better future for herself and her family. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Binty Youla responds, “I want to be a teacher.”  At school, “I learn how to read and write and to calculate and I learn to read in English.”


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