As the only girl of seven children, Esther was lucky to attend school as a child despite having to do all the chores at home. She was happy; not every girl around the world has the same opportunity.
That changed when her home in Burundi was attacked, forcing her family to flee to Uganda in search of peace.
"I had lost the glory of going to school. When we came to Nakivale, my brothers were given the first opportunity. I was left at home to prepare for them food upon return from school," she says.
"Everything was a nightmare, until sport and play was introduced to my community."
It was years later in the refugee camp that she found Right To Play. The youth volunteered to play with children because our programs aligned with many of her values: "the inclusion of girls, respect, leadership, and above all, play was a source of unity for the various tribes in my community."
The stress and uncertainty is difficult on children in refugee camps, but our games and activities are helping children cope by teaching peaceful ways to resolve conflict and understand one another's differences. And it's giving children a chance to express themselves, in the way they know best.
Now, Esther is a Right To Play Coach. And through this opportunity, she was offered the chance to continue her studies, so she can inspire and help more youth.
"At last I got the opportunity to embrace education," she says.
In her experience as a Coach, Esther has seen the potential for children to learn and transform their societies in the refugee setting.
"Children are good listeners, always happy to learn, patient with situations and have a spirit to forgive."
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