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…

ENROLING OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS IN MARGINALISED, RURAL COMMUNITIES OF INDIA

The Right to Education (RTE) Act in India mandates free and compulsory primary education for all children aged 6-14 years. However, India is still home to millions of out-of-school girls (who have either never been enroled or have dropped out). Especially in rural communities, many girls lack access to quality education and have minimal understanding…

A MOTHER TAKES A STAND FOR HER DAUGHTERS!

Kanta Devi (49) from a village in Udaipur is a mother two daughters named Ashu* and Jasu*. She never went to school and hence wanted both her daughters to be educated. Her husband works as a daily-wage labourer and spends most of his earnings on alcohol which causes many fights between them. With this kind…

LITTLE GIRLS, BIG DREAMS

8-year old Charvi* is a joy to interact with. Her innocence is made even more charming with her polite and kind demeanor. When she is asked what she’d like to be when she grows up, she answers with a tilt of her head and a sweet smile, “What do I know about these things? Why…

NEVER TOO OLD TO INSPIRE

60-year old Thavri Bai is a dynamic lady. Why? Thavri has never been to school and can’t read or write. Yet, she strongly believes that education is important for all children, and that girls must study (till Class 12 at the least) – a thinking that not many from her generation or geography share. Thavri…

“WHY SEND HER TO SCHOOL?”

11 year old Anaya used to love going to school. However, there came a time when her mother started keeping unwell and the burden of household tasks fell on her. At first, she continued going to school, although irregularly. Eventually though, she dropped out of school entirely. Like most other girls her age, she had…

EDUCATION IS EMPOWERMENT

In many parts of rural India, a girl venturing outside her house alone is not considered respectable or proper behaviour. So deep-rooted is the patriarchy, or threat to their ‘virtue’, that girls are expected to be accompanied by a male member of their family when going out. Despite cultural barriers like this, Sanju Gurjar has…