Germina, now 17, started playing football when she was 13. For her it’s more than just physical activity and the thrill of winning. ‘When I play football, I’m always smiling. My favourite thing about football is the training and friendship. Our relationship in the team is peaceful and respectful.’ Germina speaks with a gleam in her eyes. Quietly confident, she beams with positivity and a sense of purpose.
Germina’s family have farmed vanilla for generations. But being a vanilla farmer isn’t easy—a whole crop can be wiped out in a day by extreme weather, heavily impacted by poor flowering or even stolen.
When Germina isn’t playing football with the youth committee supported by Vanilla for Change, she visits the Maison Familiale Rurale. Young people attend this rural technical training centre to learn a trade, also part of our programme. Germina studies vanilla farming and sewing.
Growing up in Madagascar can be difficult; only one out of three children complete primary education, and there are few opportunities for teenagers to learn how to earn a living. This is why the vocational training centre and youth committee activities, made possible by Wall’s, Save the Children and Symrise’s partnership, are so important.
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