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Tribal girls attracts Harvard University
14 year’s old Urmila Mardi, a tribal girl of Malancha village of Gajole block of Malda district was about to marry a local youth without her will. Her parents arranged the marriage, and as a tribal girl, her parents took advances from the groom. She approached to BSWI’s field workers and informed that she would like to continue her studies instead of marrying at an early age of 15 years. BSWI took up this case and talked to her parents. The parents told that, as they were very poor there is no other alternative for them but to arrange the marriage of their daughter. The main reason behind this arrangement was, if the girl grows older then her marriage would be very difficult according to the norms of the tribal (Santhal) communities. There were many other young girls like Urmila, who want to continue their studies instead of entering into the family lives at a very early age. BSWI approached to the Global Giving (USA) by formulating a proposal to open avenues for such suffering girls and helping such girls to continue their education. Some generous professors of the Harvard University responded to our appeal and they donated money for such girls the Global Giving (USA). BSWI has so far re-admitted 107 young girls to the State sponsored high schools by discarding their marriages. Uniforms, education materials and kits, bi-cycles, school fees and tuition fees have been provided out of the donations received by BSWI.
Non-formal schools can ensure studies in abroad
Debu Halder lived in Baradrone village with his parents and two siblings. His father was a daily wage labourer and mother was a housewife. Due to limited income, his father could not afford the school expenses for Debu. Debu was identified in a survey conducted by BSWI worker under the Action Aid (UK) project and was enrolled in NFE classes. Debu’s talents were recognized in the school as he was seen taking part in all activities. He attended school regularly and was a keen learner. After the NFE, Debu was admitted in the State high school in Hatuganj and he successfully passed 10th class and did excellent results. He was admitted to the Ramakrishna Mission High School at Narendrapur in Higher Secondary (Science Stream). He is very thankful to BSWI for reaching out to him in time of need. Owing to his abilities, he did splendid results and was admitted to Degree Course in the same college with Chemistry Honours. From there, he got a chance to study in the University of Florida and completed his post-graduation. Debu aspired to be a researcher and now he is doing research in the Florida University. His father is no more and his mother is very proud of him and is thankful to BSWI for recognizing his talents and helping him carve a bright future for himself. His mother said, “Thanks to BSWI, Debu has brightened the name of the village and BSWI had a great role behind his success. All the books were given by BSWI. I am very happy for him.” Debu has an eagerness to stand by poor and needy students of the locality and wished he could do anything for the poor children of the village.
“BSWI’s NFE has given us new directions to llife”
Young girl Dulu and Ashima could not continue their studies after class IX due to limited family means. Their mothers are the only earning members in their families. Dulu and Ashima always wanted to help their mothers and contribute in some way in the family income. BSWI’s cutting and tailoring course fulfilled their dream. They are very thankful to BSWI for supporting them and helping them in completing their higher courses. Now Dulu is pursuing her Degree Course in Commerce and doing outstanding results. Ashima is doing graduation in Physics and appearing at the final examination this year. Dulu wants to be a schoolteacher and Ashima wants to be an engineer. BSWI helped them in providing reading materials, tuition support and financial support. Both of them provide tuition to other students and earn some money that supports their families to meet the family needs as well.
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