STORIES OF CHANGE EDUCATION
"In the slum where I live, many parents are worried about their children's education. Poverty and circumstances have forced us to always live from hand to mouth. Many girls could not study beyond class 8. My father is a tailor and the last two years, he did not have a job, owing to the pandemic. My mother, a housewife, had to work...
"Some people say I am unlucky. My father went away when I was born, and later my mother died in an accident. But I think I am very lucky – because I got a second mother. Just when I felt I had been orphaned and had no one to love me, Maa brought me to my new home. She is my mother's cousin sister.
“My father used to sell vegetables, but during the pandemic everything closed down and he was at home. It came to a point where we would eat only once a day to save enough food for the next day.
The school was shut down too, and I was not sure if I would ever go back to my studies again. Then one day, Teacher Ji came to our home and...
“We have a small boat now. But when I grow up, I will buy a big ship, and ask amma and appa to rest.”
Pradip’s parents make a living through boat riding in a small village of Khammam, Telangana, barely earning Rs. 3000 a month....
I want to help my father and mother because my father is always sick.
The story of Roohi is a sad one. Her father met with an accident some years back and is totally bed ridden and her mother works in the nearby households to earn money but whatever she...
Both my brothers and I go to school together now and also have our meals together now. I have my own happy stories now.
Earlier Purnima, her two brothers Som and Shubh and her grandparents, who these three children stay with, lead a life of despair and poverty.
"Mother is happy and says if I study well and get a good job, she will not have to work."
So eager is this little girl to ease the burden of her mother that she has already promised to work very hard and she does so too. She goes to school every day and finishes all her work in time.
I will learn dance and perform in the Annual Function this time. Mother will be so happy to see me.” This is 6 year old Manvi’s New Year Resolution.
With her father working as a fruit seller and mother as a maid and a family which comprised of Mnvi’s...
There were days when we could not eat at all. We used to struggle every day.
Gangadhar’s father passed away when he was very young. After his father’s demise everyday was a struggle for them and as a result they moved to Hyderabad city.
"I study in a school and I like being here a lot"
These words bring so much encouragement for a society such as ours where school dropouts and illiteracy have increased more than ever. Ritu studies in class 3 in the Smile Foundation’s Mission Education centre in Gurgaon.
"We both want to work hard and become teachers and help other children like us read and write."
This dream of Gauri and Rupali, both sisters is very soon going to come true as both of them study hard at Smile Foundation’s Mission Education centre in BHT (KALYAN),
His early job was picking up rags and doing odd jobs. Earning two square meals a day was his only goal. His parents had big dreams for him, but poverty stopped them from dreaming any bigger.
"After the death of my father, my brother wanted to me to drop studies and start working as a sweeper like my mother. When I refused, he sent me to the village to be married off."
A 10 year old jovial and ambitious Thanuja was made to drop out of school by her parents. But this young girl fought to achieve what was rightfully hers.
Born to an unwed mother, orphaned immediately after birth and saved by a eunuch. This is not a plot from a Hindi blockbuster film but the real story Adil.