FEMALE ROLE-MODELS FROM THE VILLAGE HELP BRING USHA BACK TO SCHOOL

12-year-old Usha* was a bright student who loved going to school and wanted to continue to study. However, her dreams were dashed when her father decided to migrate to Maharashtra. Usha’s family comes from a village in the Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh. By trade, they are cotton farmers, which had not been adequate to…

BALUDAS HELPS HIS FAMILY PAY DEBTS WITH AN ACQUIRED SKILL!

It was the year 2018, Educate Girls was conducting a Ratri Chaupal (a community meeting held in the evening) in a village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan to spread awareness about girls’ education. A young man named Baludas Vaishnav was listening very intently to what the team was saying. During the discussion he also spoke…

I WANT TO LEARN WELL SO THAT I CAN TEACH MY SISTERS!

Riya* hails from a small village in the Banswara district of Rajasthan, India where education for girls is often considered a waste of time. However, she had gone to school previously for a time, because her three older sisters, who took care of household chores, instead of getting an education. Riya also has an older…

KALURAM ENVISIONS A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE GIRLS IN HIS VILLAGE

“My parents spent their entire lives working to pay off their loans. Since their only aim was to survive, they did not even have the time to think of the future. In midst of this environment, it was difficult to think about education. Despite this, I finished my 12th Grade. But my school life wasn’t all…

A MOTHER HELPS HER DAUGHTER GET BACK ON HER FEET

50-year old Saroj works as a help in a private school in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Although content with her job, she always wanted a better future for her daughter, Kalpana. However, it seemed like a distant dream when her husband decided to get their daughter married after she flunked her 10th Grade examinations. Saroj…