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…

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…

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…

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….

EDUCATION GIVES SUHANI THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Suhani* (12), a girl from rural Rajasthan, used to go to school until a few years ago. Unfortunately, Suhani struggled with making progress in reading and writing and had no way of getting support to improve her learning. Her parents rationalized that she wasn’t gaining much and so they stopped Suhani’s schooling. Suhani was then…

NANA LAL : A COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WHO OVERCAME ALL ODDS

I am Nana Lal Gameti, a resident of a village in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. I belong to the Bhil community. My mother tells me that when I was 4 years old I had prolonged fever for weeks. When I was taken to the doctor, he examined me and noticed that I was facing…

EDUCATION: THE POWER BEHIND BIG DREAMS!

C.S Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 57-year old Hakma Ram Dewasi is a fine example of this. Educate Girls’ Block Officer Omprakash Vishnoi met Hakma Ram at an Educate Girls training on community dynamics in Jalore district, Rajasthan. The first day Hakma Ram…

RINKU: A BAL SABHA LEADER WITH A MISSION!

Rinku*, a 13 – year old girl from a village in Rajasthan, and her brothers have been to school since childhood. Everything was fine until Rinku faced a common challenge for young girls in her village: marriage. In Rinku’s community great respect is attributed to the elderly. So when several years ago her grandmother said…