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Limits cannot be set for dreams and especially when they are a child’s dreams. But Hetal, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has realized at a tender age that poverty and illness can come in the way of fulfilling one’s dreams, though this understanding has not deterred her hopes for a better future.

Hetal’s father, who was the only earning member in the family, has been bedridden for two years now, due to an accident. With the question of survival staring them in the face, Hetal’s mother had to start working as a maid and eventually she was joined by her two daughters.

Since then, life has taken a bitter turn for Hetal.

The only respite in Hetal’s life comes from her dream of becoming an airhostess when she grows up. And from the games she plays with her friends in whatever little time she gets in between her work. “Sometimes I feel me and my sister should not have to work, but…” says Hetal, hoping for a day when she and her sister could have a normal, happy childhood.

Smile Foundation’s Mission Education programme has so far directly put more than 200,000 children like Hetal into the path of empowerment through education.

Like Hetal, there are 17 million children in India working as child labour – holding brooms in their hands instead of books.

You can help them discover the joy of learning.

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* Name of the girl has been changed to protect her identity

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