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…

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…