Hadiatou Diallo, 13 years old, was one of nine girls to receive a bicycle from WFP at a Government ceremony held on the 26 July in Dori, the capital of Burkina Faso’s Sahel Region. The girls, all of whom had received WFP school meals and take-home rations, received the highest marks on the primary school leaving exams.
Hadiatou with her parents, sisters and young brother. Her family are pastoralists - buying, raising and selling cows, goats and sheep. In her last two years of school, Hadiatou received ten kilogram rations of sorghum or maize from WFP each month. She shared this food with her family.
Hadiatou with Aissatou Issa, 60, who is the village volunteer who encouraged Hadiatou’s parents to enroll her in school when she was six years old, and then provided continued encouragement to her throughout her studies. Aissatou says that when she was Hadiatou’s age, there were no schools in Yakouta and she was already married.