Manu dreams big

One of the major highlights of this village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan is the presence of a primary school. Surrounded by the Aravalli range, reaching here requires facing the narrow and unpaved roads. Living in one of the scattered household is the 9-year old Manu Kumari*. Manu has always been confined to her home and on lucky days, she gets to spend her time with her pet hens and goats. The little girl however never stopped dreaming about a pucca (permanent or solid) house rather than their current kutcha (impermanent) house. Her house is surrounded by her family’s lush farms and she always wondered what was on the other side of it.

Educate Girls’ Team Balika volunteers are educated and determined youth of their village who go to any lengths to make every girl in their village educated. They along with Educate Girls’ staff go through extreme terrains and knock on every door to identify out-of-school girls and convince their parents to send them back to school. On one such visits they came across Manu’s home where they tried to understand the reason of her not being at school.