VILLAGE GIRLS OF INDIA MOTIVATED TO GIVE TO SOCIETY
Indian women are taught from a young age to look after their families. They don’t have the strong motivation of expressing their individuality, making a name for themselves, or proving their worth. They know their role in life is to look after the family. So when young Indian ladies decide to go to college and begin a career, it is motivated by the desire to serve their families and communities better. They want to provide for their parents in their old age. They want to help those less fortunate then they are.
Traditionally, girls in the rural outback of India were not allowed to even dream of getting an education. Parents would not allow their daughters to go out of the village for school or for work. The farthest some women get to is the village well. Even now, some parents and husbands will not allow their daughters or wives to study sewing in their own village, even though it will give her the skills to make clothes for the family and save them from having to buy clothes.
Vanita of Nimboli, is a typical woman living in a village, and making up to 8 trips a day to the well to get water for the family. Vanita never completed school and works hard at odd jobs such as construction, farming, brick making. Her husband died a few years ago and she has had to raise her three sons on her small income.
When a young village girl begins to have a big dream of going to college, she rarely gets support from parents, extended family, friends, or the culture. To dream of higher education is forbidden. But there are some girls who are risking their standing in their family and village to have a dream of college and a career. Some girls are dreaming of becoming an engineer, such as Mayuri, Hina and Pranali. Some are studying to become a medical doctor, such as Nilam. Others, such as Utkarsha are studying accounting, Radika, social work, Aarti, agriculture, and Yogita, history and Hindi.
Pranali (woman on the left) just graduated this past May in engineering due to financial help from TMA donations. Bhavana and her sister (not shown) still have two and one years, respectively, to go. Both sisters need 17,000 rupees each year for fees and bus fare. About $ 283 each.
Utkarsha discusses her application and her college plans with social worker, Subhash Patil. She is attending a program to become an accountant. Her mother is the sole provider for her family of three as the husband abandoned the family many years before. Utkarsha needs 8,000 rupees for school fees. This equals $ 133 US
Aarti is in her final year for a diploma in Agriculture. She wants to return to her neighborhood community and teach farmers about advanced techniques of farming and animal husbandry. Her father is a subsistence farmer and has gone into debt for her first two years of college. They have no way to pay her fees for her last year. Aarti needs 12,000 rupees or $ 200 US. Her father owes $ 400 for the previous years.
Nilam Jayram Mate is in her third year of Ayurvedic Medical school. She wishes to work among the poor providing medical care once she finishes school. Her course work and hostel fees cost her 125,000 rps a year. We have promised to find her 25,000 rps. which is about $416. We would like to help them pay off some of last year’s debt by giving them an additional 15,000 rps.
Mayuri Vasan Patil is attending a prestigous engineering college run by one of India’s holy men, Janglidas Maharaj. She lives at home to reduce the yearly costs, but even so, her tuition fees are 60,000 a year. We hope to be able to provide her with 25,000 rps ($ 416 US) to help the family get their daughter educated.
We have others who are asking us to help that we have not photographed:
Savita Prakash Raul needs 7000 rps ($116 US) to attend her MA program in HIstory and English.
Krutika Anil Chaturya needs 26,000 ($433 US) to pay her hostel and admission fees for her 2nd year in electrical engineering.
Joshna from Bhiwali needs 3500 ($58 US) rps to pay for her year at science college.
We have four younger ladies whose parents cannot afford the fees for high school. India only provides schooling up to and through 8th standard. After that each family is on their own. The tribal children are out of luck when it comes to high school unless a trust or NGO provides this kind of education. And the girls are the last to attend. They each need 1500 rps for 11 th standard. We need 3000 rps total or $50 US.
These eleven young ladies sitting with their mothers have been accepted into the Rama Krishna Mission’s vocational program: Community Health Worker. In one year, these girls will become confident, learn a new skill, learn some English and computer. A new hospital is being built in our village, so when they finish the program they have the possibility of working in this village hospital. Since there is no housing for them at Rama Krishna Mission,, they will have to take the three hour journey back and forth to the campus. We need 4800 rps OR $80 US a month to subsidize 1/3 of their bus fare. Multiply this times 10 months, will need 48,000 rps or $800 US for the year. We need 6000 rupees or $100 to pay half of the 15 children’s admission fees. The vocational program is free except for this small admission fee.
Hina is studying information engineering. She is in the last year. This past year she earned 74% in her exam, which puts her in the first class. Every month she comes to us for her bus fare of 600 rupees, or $ 10 US a month.
Hina’s father runs a neighbor fruit stand… not enough to send two daughers to college. TMA pays her monthly bus fare of $10 US.
TMA NEEDS YOUR HELP ASSIST THESE GIRLS WITH ACCOMPLISHING THEIR DREAMS. WITH THREE THOUSAND US DOLLARS, WE CAN ASSIST ALL OF THE YOUNG LADIES IN GETTING TO SCHOOL…. PAYING AT LEAST HALF OF THEIR TUITIONS, PAYING FOR THEIR BUS RIDES, UNIFORMS, BOOKS AND STATIONARY.
WHEN YOUR FATHER ONLY EARNS ABOUT $100 A MONTH, IF THAT, IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO PAY TUITION FEES OF $ 500 TO $1500 A YEAR.
To assist all of the above girls in gaining access to higher education, TMA would need to donate about 238,500 rupees, at today’s exchange rate, $ 3973 US.
Will you be one of the kind hearted supporters of young women?