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…

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…

KAILASH MAKES HIS FATHER PROUD BY BRINGING GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL

23-year old Kailash is 3rd child among 5 siblings living in a village in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. He is currently doing his Bachelor’s and aims to become a lawyer in future. He spent most of his time with his friends after college and was unaware about the urgency of educating girls in…

EDUCATING THE MOST MARGINALISED GIRLS IN INDIA: IT TAKES A COMMUNITY

This story depicts the hardships that Educate Girls’ frontline workers endure to ensure that no girl in their village is left behind. Satish Yadav (23) who works with Educate Girls as a Field Coordinator looks after the implementation of the core programme in eight villages of Khandwa district (in Madhya Pradesh), instructing village-based volunteers there….

AN INFORMED-DECISION HELPS LALI ENTER THE SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME

10-year old Lali had never imagined that she would go to school one day. Her parents hail from a village in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Lali was only 5 -years old when her parents migrated to the state of Gujarat for better employment opportunities. When Lali’s parents and elder brother went to do…

SUDHA RISES ABOVE GENDER-BIAS

“As soon as I heard about the arrival of Sudha’s* family, I went to meet them. Unfortunately, they turned a deaf ear when I spoke to them about her enrolment. I questioned their decision to let their elder son study but not Sudha. I tried explaining them about gender equality and gave them examples of…

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…