BALUDAS HELPS HIS FAMILY PAY DEBTS WITH AN ACQUIRED SKILL!

It was the year 2018, Educate Girls was conducting a Ratri Chaupal (a community meeting held in the evening) in a village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan to spread awareness about girls’ education. A young man named Baludas Vaishnav was listening very intently to what the team was saying. During the discussion he also spoke…

I WANT TO LEARN WELL SO THAT I CAN TEACH MY SISTERS!

Riya* hails from a small village in the Banswara district of Rajasthan, India where education for girls is often considered a waste of time. However, she had gone to school previously for a time, because her three older sisters, who took care of household chores, instead of getting an education. Riya also has an older…

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…

A MOTHER HELPS HER DAUGHTER GET BACK ON HER FEET

50-year old Saroj works as a help in a private school in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Although content with her job, she always wanted a better future for her daughter, Kalpana. However, it seemed like a distant dream when her husband decided to get their daughter married after she flunked her 10th Grade examinations. Saroj…

A MISTAKEN BELIEF HAD KEPT KHUSHBU AWAY FROM SCHOOL FOR THREE YEARS

Khushbu* lives in a remote village in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Eight siblings, and parents and grandparents make up this big family. Khushbu is the youngest child and is the centre of the entire family’s attention, she is also the luckiest because she is the only child who has had the opportunity to attend…

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….

I LOVE AND RESPECT MY WIFE. IF SHE’S HAPPY THEN I’M HAPPY

In the community where Vidya was raised, girls were typically not educated.  Many families didn’t even want to bring a girl into the world, because she is seen as a liability. A girl was usually married off and sent to live with her in-laws, never returning to support or care for her family.  Vidya’s parents were…