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Adama



Adama (8) lives in Bounganou in the coastal region of San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire, where many people spend their lives battling the cycles of poverty and inequality they were born into. His father abandoned his pregnant mother before Adama was born. The day she had to give birth, she only had 5,000 francs CFA (approximatively 7 Euros) and needed to undergo surgery. Not having been registered at the civil birth registry, Adam couldn’t exercise his right to schooling. But thanks to legal support provided by the SDG Fund joint programme in Côte d’Ivoire he obtained a birth certificate and is now attending school. "Today, I am so grateful and proud of this child. He can now read and even started writing. Adama is a source of pride for the whole family. He does an excellent job at school and ranks among the best. This child will follow his dreams to the end,” said Madoussou (53), his proud grandmother. Thanks to this programme, other children are also obtaining their births certificates, and through the support provided by UNICEF the civil registry system in Cote d'Ivoire is being revamped to ensure that every child is registered.