MANU DREAMS BIG

One of the major highlights of this village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan is the presence of a primary school. Surrounded by the Aravalli range, reaching here requires facing the narrow and unpaved roads. Living in one of the scattered household is the 9-year old Manu Kumari*. Manu has always been confined to her…

TEAM BALIKA DEVI RISES ABOVE HER CIRCUMSTANCES

Devi Kumari has had a tough life. Growing up among 5 siblings in a village in Rajasthan, her family often faced scarcity of food. Her parents are labourers but always gave them hope for a better future with education, a future where their children could have meals on their plates, round the clock. Unfortunately, life…

GEETA, ENROLLED IN 2014 BY EDUCATE GIRLS IS NOW A TEAM BALIKA VOLUNTEER

This story sets an example of how education can change the mindset of people and how Educate Girls is working as a catalyst to change. Geeta, who was enrolled in school in 2014 because of efforts of Educate Girls’ team is now working as Team Balika (village-based volunteer)! Sohan Lal Meena, a farmer and resident…

DINESH INCREASES INCOME FROM FARM HARVEST!

Dinesh lives in a village, situated in the hilly region in of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh. He lives here with his wife and parents. Belonging to a family of farmers, and seeing struggle and hardships, he always had a bent for social service. Every day for three years, Dinesh taught adults aged 18-65 years…

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

“When I was preparing for my Grade 10 examination, my little sister came running to me and started crying. She told me how a bank employee had humiliated my mother and sister for not being able to fill a form due to being uneducated. This incident remained with me and that day I decided that…

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…