#DadsMatter: Celebrating Fathers Who Support Their Daughters

For Father's Day, we're celebrating the dads of the GGRF Athletic Scholars and the enormous effort they have taken to ensure that their daughters get the quality education they never received.

Noradine Demboba // GGRF Athletic Scholar Fatuma's Dad

"I didn't have a chance to learn. I never went to school as a child. Today, I help my children to learn by being a daily laborer. I work very hard and my body is tired but I am happy to know that the little money I earn can help my children go to school."

"In the Girls Gotta Run Program, my daughter gets additional education like life skills that I can't teach her and I appreciate that."

"She has a good chance with this program. I am proud of her."

Fatuma Noradine // GGRF Athletic Scholar in Bekoji, Ethiopia

Fatuma is 13 years old and in 6th grade. She lives with her family in a traditional farm house that her dad built in Bekoji.

Fatuma loves studying math, science and history. She hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. She is also a top athlete in her peer group and has potential to make a career of running professionally.

"I am happy when I go to practice. I love the girls in the program. We help to advise each other and talk about how to do better in school during tutorial." - Fatuma

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