I NEVER THOUGHT LIFE HAD ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME

Pushkar Raj, a resident of a small village in Ajmer, Rajasthan, never let societal norms or his own outdated values affect his daughters’ upbringing. His daughter Suman and her sisters always received the same kind of treatment from their parents as a son would have. They were given equal respect and access to opportunities in…

THE PRICE OF ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND POVERTY ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Once upon a time, Beawar Khas in Ajmer was known for its varied business ventures. Today, however, marble trading is the only source of income for those living in this village. There are two problems that are spreading through the community here like a plague – alcoholism and an apathy towards education. Those associated with…

TEASED FOR HER HEARING DISABILITY, SHE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL

Until July this year, Anandi was in the list of those girls who had dropped out of school. A resident of Ajmer, Rajasthan, Anandi has suffered from hearing defects since birth. Unable to hear well, she was always an easy target for ridicule from her friends and neighbors. As she didn’t go to school, and…

THE WILL TO LEARN AND LEAD

In a village in Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh, there is only one person who knows how to use a computer- a girl named Ringlee. Sitting outside her brother’s house near the village temple, you will find her busy teaching some children. You will also find a digital tablet in her hand that was provided to her…

A MOTHER’S DILEMMA IN SENDING HER DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL

Divya* lives in a remote village in Ajmer. She was enrolled in a government-run primary school but was forced to leave school in Class 3 following the tragic death of her father in a road accident. This made her mother very skeptical of letting any of her children step out alone. She feared they would…

HOW COLOUR IS MAKING OUR DOOR-TO-DOOR SURVEYS MORE EFFECTIVE

A 4 hour journey from Indore in the wee hours of the morning and we arrived at a village in our new district of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. There to attend a door-to-door survey, we were told we will also be part of the social mapping process done prior to the door-to-door survey. A quick Google…

TEAM BALIKA- MY STEPPING STONE TO SUCCESS

A Class 12 alumna, Inder came from a poor family, for whom even a basic earning that could buy food for two was difficult once. However, today at the age of 20, he earns a healthy income and has the convenience of a vehicle provided by his company. He works at a residential school for…

KIDS LOVE HIKING. IT GETS THEM TO SCHOOL.

Bosa, a medium-sized village located in Sirohi, Rajasthan, houses a tribal community called Garasia. This community is known for a large number of festivals, fairs and their various unique social traditions. Despite having a strong society and an inherent sense of pride in their customs, some of their malpractices such as vair pratha (family enmity…

POONAM GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

Today, even after 68 years of independence, archaic traditions still continue to be practised in a village in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. People’s outlook towards girls’ education there is still negative. If the topic of a girl’s education arises, parents shrug it away saying, “What benefit will it give her or us? She will…

SISTERS VOLUNTEER TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN BETTER

Vimla heard about Educate Girls from the Field Coordinator and started supporting the organization in July 2015 as a Team Balika (community volunteer). She comes from a family of seven whose chief occupation was farming. It gives Vimla, and her family as well, a lot of pride to do be able to do something for their village….

THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN READ BRINGS GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL

At the young age of 26, Kartar Yogi, a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Bundi, Rajasthan, is a blessing for his community. The only person in his village who can read, Kartar often fills forms and does the required paperwork for his community members. Even though the economic condition of his village is poor, he…

EDUCATED MOTHERS CAN INFLUENCE GENERATIONS TO COME

Rachna, an Educate Girls’ Team Balika (community volunteer), is part of a five member family and has two siblings. Her parents are farmers. Along with doing certain household chores, Rachna helps her mother in some farming activities as well. She shares that her mother has been of invaluable support to her in being able to volunteer…