Meet five of our 12th graders (high-school senior in US terms) that have conquered adversity to get where they are today. Make sure to watch they stories in a short video by clicking through to their individual pages.
Kusum is a poor farmer's daughter. Her family does not own the land they farm, they just work there, while the landowner keeps the lion share of the earnings. They only get 30 cents on a dollar of crops sold. Even though both her parents ... are not educated, they fully understand that education is the only way out of poverty. In her own words: "Even with my parents encouragement, the path to education was never easy because of our meagre earnings and as I grew up, I too had to contribute to the farm work. But I never stopped dreaming".
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.
Nisha was born and brought up in a small village, Chawandiya (population 2,140) in Nagaur District, Rajasthan. Nisha's father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife who also helps at the farm. Her entire family works on the farm.... Nisha had never seen life outside her village until she entered the Sitare program in Jodhpur. And now, she is going places.
Milan comes from a life of adversity. His father is an auto-rickshaw driver who works day and night to make ends meet. In his auto-rickshaw, Milan’s father used to take several affluent kids to school everyday, and outside that private school, he used to shake his head thinking his children will never be able to go to such a good school. .... All that changed when Milan was selected into the Sitare Foundation. Today his father proudly brings his son to the same school sometime in his auto-rickshaw.
Born into poverty to a tea-stall owner in Jodhpur Rajasthan, Tanisha has overcome every obstacle that has come in her way to get here today. And yes! Sitare Foundation has been with her for every step of the way. In her community girls are actively discouraged from going to school. Her mother was married at an age of fifteen, and Tanisha was born when her mother was just sixteen. ... Her mother always wanted to study, but alas, there was no organization like Sitare for Tanisha’s mother. Once the Sitare Foundation came into their lives, Tanisha’s mother ensured that the community never got in the way of Tanisha’s education.