Her dream was answered when she heard about Swabhiman program from the Milaan Team who was visiting Bersapur, her village, to identify such girls who were deprived of education. With much needed family intervention and motivation, Kalindi was finally allowed to enroll into the Swabhiman program and go back to school.
A quiet girl, Kalindi made the best of the facilities provided by the program. She participated in games like Kho-Kho and Kabbadi, and in many cultural activities, which earlier had seemed like a distant cry for her. She studied with great enthusiasm and completed her Class X examinations in June 2014, securing First Division. It was a moment of sheer joy for her and her family. Being married didn’t hold her back from achieving her dream.
At 17 years of age, she has set an example for many other married girls who wish to continue their studies. It is the story of girls like Kalindi, which inspires us to do the work that we do.
But then, when Pammi learned about the Swabhiman program, she was overjoyed. It was a turning point for her. Since she knew her father would not spend a single penny on her education, she was all the more determined to enroll into the program and avail her right. Through the program she was able to clear her Class X examinations, obtaining 68% in her boards.
She now aspires to be a teacher so that she can spread the importance of educating a girl child within her community. She wants every girl to fight for their right and not be deterred by obstructions.