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. …

I OWE MY SUCCESS TO MY FATHER’S LOVE

Neeta’s mother died in childbirth. In such cases, it is common in the community to consider such a child cursed. However, instead of shunning her, or seeing her as cursed, Neeta’s father thought of his daughter as a blessing.  She was his only child, and he loved her.  Many neighbors asked him why he would…

KAVITA’S JOURNEY OF BECOMING A ROLE MODEL

Kavita is a 19 year old girl from a small village near Jhalawar city in Rajasthan. Coming from a place where girls are taught to do only household chores and farming, what she has achieved today truly sets her apart. She is now a role model in her village for every girl aspiring to get…

SURBHI PURSUES THE DREAM OF HER GRANDFATHER

Surbhi*, a 13-year old from a village in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh is the apple of her grandfather’s eye. Everyone calls her grandpa’s ‘Pampered Princess’. Every evening she sits with her grandfather and her siblings and can be seen reciting poems, narrating stories or just sharing her experiences at school from earlier in the…

SUDHA RISES ABOVE GENDER-BIAS

“As soon as I heard about the arrival of Sudha’s* family, I went to meet them. Unfortunately, they turned a deaf ear when I spoke to them about her enrolment. I questioned their decision to let their elder son study but not Sudha. I tried explaining them about gender equality and gave them examples of…

GOING BEYOND THE DUTIES OF AN SMC MEMBER

In this village of Rajasthan, only 2 boys have completed their 10th Grade. The upper-primary school being 5 kilometers away, most parents refuse to send their children to school since they would better serve at home learning farming or doing other chores. When Educate Girls intervened in this village, it was very difficult for the…

AN INTERN’S EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE

As a child, being on time to school was my only worry. However, in some remote corner of the country lives a girl who is willing to walk across the hill for more than an hour just to reach her school. With dedication, persistence and support from her family, at least she is going to…

A FATHER SELLS HIS GOATS TO SECURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HIS CHILDREN!

11-year old Divya’s father is a construction worker in a village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Her mother also works as a labourer in the same village. In addition to the income generated from their respective occupations, they also rear goats. Many rural households in India consider a goat as an asset and a…

A MOTHER TRANSITIONS FOR HER DAUGHTERS

Javli Bai is a strong woman who stands firm on what she believes in. While this is in no way a bad thing, her misplaced belief system almost cost her daughters a great deal. A while back Javli Bai, like so many other parents in her village, was very adamant about not sending her daughters…