AN INTERN’S EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE

As a child, being on time to school was my only worry. However, in some remote corner of the country lives a girl who is willing to walk across the hill for more than an hour just to reach her school. With dedication, persistence and support from her family, at least she is going to…

A FATHER SELLS HIS GOATS TO SECURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HIS CHILDREN!

11-year old Divya’s father is a construction worker in a village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Her mother also works as a labourer in the same village. In addition to the income generated from their respective occupations, they also rear goats. Many rural households in India consider a goat as an asset and a…

A MOTHER TRANSITIONS FOR HER DAUGHTERS

Javli Bai is a strong woman who stands firm on what she believes in. While this is in no way a bad thing, her misplaced belief system almost cost her daughters a great deal. A while back Javli Bai, like so many other parents in her village, was very adamant about not sending her daughters…

GYAN KA PITARA (GKP) HELPS LITTLE SHEELA CATCH UP WITH HER STUDIES

Sheela* was very young when her parents left their village to look for work in the city. They have a small farm in the village but it hardly generated any income to sustain the family of eight members. So they left Sheela and her younger sister along with their grand-parents and took the eldest and…

EDUCATE A GIRL TO ENSURE BETTER HEALTH AND HYGIENE

14-year old Sanjana* lives with her parents and 2 younger brothers in a village in Ajmer, India, situated in close vicinity to stone mining grounds. Sanjana’s home, just like the others, is perpetually covered in a thin sheet of white sand – particulates of stone that seem to constantly be in the air, settling on…

TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt This inspiring quote by Eleanor Roosevelt truly resonates with the story of 20-year old Pintu who hails from a small village in Udaipur. Like any other girl in her village, Pintu’s daily routine also included cooking, cleaning and feeding the…

SISTERS FIND THEIR SELF-WORTH THROUGH EDUCATION

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. – Carol Saline “Geeta and I are twins. She is bossy sometimes and loves to remind me that she is my elder sister even if that’s by just 5 minutes! She fights with me in school over silly things…

ENROLING OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS IN MARGINALISED, RURAL COMMUNITIES OF INDIA

The Right to Education (RTE) Act in India mandates free and compulsory primary education for all children aged 6-14 years. However, India is still home to millions of out-of-school girls (who have either never been enroled or have dropped out). Especially in rural communities, many girls lack access to quality education and have minimal understanding…

A MOTHER TAKES A STAND FOR HER DAUGHTERS!

Kanta Devi (49) from a village in Udaipur is a mother two daughters named Ashu* and Jasu*. She never went to school and hence wanted both her daughters to be educated. Her husband works as a daily-wage labourer and spends most of his earnings on alcohol which causes many fights between them. With this kind…