Santra is a class VI Nanhi Kali from GMS Tamboliya, Ratlam. Her family’s main source of income comes from agriculture. In addition to this, her parents also seasonally migrate to find daily wage earning jobs when the land is too dry for agriculture.
The migration pattern is followed by almost all the families in her village as they are dependent on their earnings from agriculture. As a result of this, it was common for Santra to miss classes and her attendance showed high irregularity. She was not interested in school and preferred to help her family by grazing cattle. Due to lack of sufficient exposure, her parents were also not keen on ensuring that she got proper education. They were of the opinion that educating Santra will not bring about any real difference in their lives as they did not believe that she could secure a good job afterwards.
However, through project Nanhi Kali, the team was able to explain the benefits and relevance of educating their daughter which encouraged her parents to enrol Santra into the project. Santra has now become a regular to school and she has also succeeded in bringing more girls into the project. Her parents are happy to see a visible improvement in her academic performance and have ensured to support her education for as long as she decides to study.
The project has helped Santra in developing an interest towards education. She likes coming to the classes at the Academic Support Centre and hopes to be successful enough to make her family and her village proud.