Sheeba Khan is only 12, but just one meeting with her will leave you motivated and inspired.
The eldest of four sisters, Sheeba has never had much of a childhood. She has grown up doing all the household chores, because of her mother being on permanent bed rest. Her father used to work as a carpenter, but lost his hand in an accident two years ago and has since been unemployed. Her paternal grandfather, himself poor, sends them a little money, which somehow keeps the family alive.
Sheeba had earlier been enrolled at a government school, but had to drop out after her father’s accident. Taking care of her parents and sisters became her only aim in life. Having dropped out, she had lost hope of ever continuing her studies again. However, she wanted to make sure that her sisters go to school.
Sheeba came to know about Smile Foundation’s Mission Education centre Raasta, which provides free education to girl children. She visited the centre, accompanied by a neighbouring aunt and shared her story with the teachers there. The teachers were moved with the girl’s courage and convinced her to get enrolled at the centre too.
After securing the third position in Class 5, Sheeba has now come to Class 6. Her teachers take pride in her, as do her parents. Besides excelling in studies, Sheeba is a talented artist and often wins painting competitions.
180 girls like Sheeba are now enrolled at this unique Mission Education centre, located at Khora colony in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and are fighting the odds everyday, emerging as winners.
Smile Foundation is currently providing education to 19,000 children across India through 90 operational centres. 51% of them are girls.
But this is not enough. Eight million children in India are still out of school. One in every three girl children in the age group of 7-17 years in India is unable to complete her studies.
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