“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai
In 2012, Malala Yousafzai, a young, well-known human rights advocate, boldly pursued her right to an education in Pakistan amidst an immediate threat of violence.
Her story and actions have inspired a worldwide passion for helping women and children receive an education, especially those coming from extremely challenging circumstances.
At DFN, we are incredibly passionate about providing an education to all, so children like Tejas and Chhakuli will have a brighter future.
Tejas, who is in Grade Two at a DFN school, attends with his older sister. They come from an impoverished and challenging background. Their father works hard to support the family by running a three-wheeler taxi service. Unfortunately, Tejas’ mother suffered from a long-drawn illness that put the family into further financial crisis.
Sadly, after a long duration of medical treatment, she passed away. The family grieved heavily after this loss.
However, with the help and loving encouragement from the school staff, they were able to work through their grief and move on. They received emotional support and practical help during this time. Eventually, Tejas began progressing in his studies and social activities.
We are thrilled to see his improvement and look forward to watching him continue on this bright journey.
Chhakuli, only in Grade One, is one of our newer students. She comes from an impoverished and marginalized family. Her father, an unskilled laborer, works in a wayside eatery and her mother picks up manual labor jobs when she is able to. Barely making ends meet, the family lives in small shanty housing.
Although she is just beginning, Chhakuli shows great interest in her studies and in fine arts, such as classical dance and singing. Her parents continually encourage her to do her best. With the help and guidance of her teachers, she is showing great progress.
Educating our future generations goes beyond academics. It begins with instilling hope and encouragement in the lives of the most vulnerable.
We are thankful to all of our friends and supporters, who make stories like these possible!