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…

BECAUSE OF EDUCATE GIRLS, SUNITA IS IN SCHOOL AND NOT A CHILD BRIDE

Sunita is the oldest of four siblings.  When she was young, she and her family lived in town.  She attended school daily and was very content.  However, things changed when her father lost his job.  He tried to find more work, but was unsuccessful, and her mother had a disability, which meant she could not…

PRASHANT REALIZED THAT HIS LITTLE SISTER WOULD BE BETTER OFF IN SCHOOL

Sushila’s family economic status has never been ideal.  Her father struggled to provide for her, her mother, and her older brother, Prashant.  When Sushila’s mother found work in a nearby factory, Sushila was expected to fetch water, cook, and keep the house clean.  She would wake up every day at 5am to start her chores. …