Mahendra was born and raised in a small town, Chohtan in Barmer District, Western Rajasthan. His father works in a sheet metal factory rolling stainless steel sheets. His elder brother also works in the same factory. They have a very large family to support, and if Mahendra didn't get an opportunity to study in Sitare Foundation, he would probably be working in the same factory today to support his family.
I got an opportunity to be a part of the organization where I met some of the most motivated young people, who were nurtured by the Sitare Foundation to dream higher. I joined the Euro International School, Jodhpur. At first, I didn't know how to speak in English. I didn't even know how to introduce myself. I usually sat at the last bench and used to copy my fellow's statements to introduce myself. I never thought I would survive in that place. But things turned around with the constant support from my teachers at school, my mentors at Sitare and my peers. From that first day at school, when I was scared of speaking to anyone to getting selected for the study abroad scholarship, Sitare Foundation has changed my life. I am excited to explore the avenues that my future holds for me and I am inspired to believe that education can truly change the world.