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Protect. Educate. Empower. Three words that guide everything that we do. Every day, in 15 countries around the world, our teams protect, educate, and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.

We reach millions of children and youth each year in some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world to empower them to stay in school and graduate, resist exploitation, overcome prejudice, prevent disease, and recover from the trauma of conflict and displacement. We do this by harnessing play, one of the most fundamental forces in a child's life, to teach youth the critical skills they need to dismantle barriers and grasp opportunities.

Let's meet three inspiring Uprisers.

From the gold mine to the classroom

Balla, 11, was forced to work in a gold mine in rural Mali to help support her family. The conditions were dangerous, and being out of school put Balla's future at risk. A team of local volunteers trained by Right To Play to protect children from dangerous work saw what was happening and reached out to Balla and her family. They helped Balla go back to school, where she quickly jumped back into her studies thanks to fun and engaging play-based lessons. Today, Balla is a star learner who dreams of being a doctor.

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Eloisa inspires her peers to read

When the pandemic closed schools in Mozambique, education was suddenly out of reach for Eloisa and millions of her peers. When she heard about Reading Clubs offered by Right To Play, Eloisa, 10, jumped at the chance to join. The Clubs use songs and games to make reading fun, and have helped thousands of children improve their literacy. Eloisa loved the Club so much, she started leading her own lessons using the songs and games she'd learned, inspiring her peers to find the fun in learning. She's already well on her way to becoming a teacher just like her mother.

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Speaking out through song

Children in Lebanon face an uncertain future. The country's systems are failing, and vulnerable children, including refugees, are most at risk. But in the midst of the chaos, there's hope. Every week, Ahmad, Raghad, and their peers gather at a Music for Social Change club organized by Right To Play. The program gives them a place to vent their anger about inequality, the fears for their futures, and their desire for change, and empowers them to express themselves through music.

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