Did you know in Southern India many impoverished girls are discouraged from being educated?
Can you imagine being 12-years-old and instead of excitedly getting ready for a brand-new school year, you are instead told that your life isn’t worth the cost of education.
In fact, in many tribal areas stricken with poverty, when girls reach the age of 12 or 13, they are required to be completely housebound until marriage. This becomes a hindrance on families living in extreme poverty and parents often sell their daughters to the highest bidder.
These young girls are treated as slaves.
No one in this world deserves this type of treatment — especially young girls like Priyanka.
Priyanka’s parents were very forthcoming about the fact that they intend to sell her to a man in another city.
When teachers and school administrators of a nearby DFN school heard this news about Priyanka, they paid a special visit to her home.
The teachers sat down with her parents and explained the long-term benefits of entering (and keeping) Priyanka in school. They encouraged her parents to reconsider their decision.
Priyanka’s parents admitted they had never before though about a positive future for their daughter. It was the first time someone told them that with an education, she had the potential to become a doctor, engineer, teacher or public servant.
Though the payoff would not be immediate, Priyanka’s parents finally saw the true value of an education.
There was much to celebrate when Priyanka’s parents agreed to enroll her in school.
Because of compassionate supporters like you, Priyanka was even able to receive a scholarship to ensure that nothing prevented her from studying.
Today, this special girl is now excelling in her studies. Her parents are active in her school activities and they have even started encouraging their friends and neighbors to enroll their daughters in school!
We love being able to share stories like this with you. And we are so grateful to be able to continue our work with the most vulnerable.
THANK YOU for standing with us and supporting our programs from where you’re at. You are changing lives!