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Help Priyanka Complete Her Education

The Beginning



This was the beginning of my journey with Priyanka Barot about 5 years ago in 2014 when I volunteered for an organization called Make A Difference.

She lives in the Juna Vadaj slum area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. When she reached 11th grade, she was accepted in school to study science stream and was promised very low fees. However, later the school turned their backs and refused to give her the final mark-sheet till she paid more fees. I along with my friends managed to go to higher authorities and get the mark-sheet, however it was too late as local university admissions had stopped by then for the academic year.

Not feeling demotivated, we got her admitted to IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) in the B.Sc course. At the time of admissions, we were informed that they take classes on behalf of IGNOU in one of the reputed colleges of the city but it turned out to be less than true. There were only "self study" classes in the college. So a few of our friends who had background in science stream would take her tuition regularly and teach her various concepts with the objective of strengthening her basics. Somewhere in middle of all the conversations, we recognized that her mind is in B.Sc only due to her low scores but her heart has always been to study nursing.

The Climax

After one year, came the next round of admissions and we decided to start the procedure for her admissions in B.Sc as well as give a thought for nursing. We enrolled her into a B.Sc course in one of the local colleges in Ahmedabad. At the same time, the principal at Ahmedabad Institute of Nursing (AINS) agreed to give Priyanka direct entry if she had any seats empty once the regular admissions following the normal criteria were completed. We couldn't thank her more and our excitement jumped off to next level as we've always believed that educating a women is like educating a generation. 

Our patience got tested as it took a while but somewhere in the middle of October'17  we got a confirmation from AINS Ahmedabad that she has got the admission and we all including Priyanka were thrilled to hear that.There was a small roadblock  - we needed to accumulate a sum of Rs. 1 lakh as her first year fees in less than 9 days. Just out of college and months to job, our bank accounts were not in that great shape but it took about five days and 4 hours to be precise to collect the sum from our friends, friends of friends and close relatives. It was the joint effort of 34 donors which made us believe that child like Priyanka can still dream in daylight.

Happy Ending

We have three more years to go with additional expenses for her books and commute. We expect she should be comfortably able to complete her nursing with the funds target of Rs. 5,00,000

College @ Rs. 1,00,000/year for four years = Rs. 4,00,000/-
Books @ Rs. 15,000/year for four years = Rs. 60,000/-
Commute @ Rs. 800/month for 40 months = Rs. 32,000/-

UPDATE - 9th April, 2019
The new goal is Rs. 3,75,000 as we have raised Rs. 1,25,000 from our friends, family and relatives.

Thank you for your love and support.
 


Education not only let one fly but also allows one to stand on their own feet when they fall - Anonymous

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24th February 2021
Every other day we wake up to another thing that Priyanka does that makes our hearts swell with pride!

Earlier this month, we came in touch with an organization that was looking for a young woman leader to speak with over 250 girls. These girls belong to a tribal area in Gujarat and are currently working with a leading textile company in Ahmedabad. The organization was looking for a young woman leader to share her life journey to motive these girls to be a part of a two-year program that they are undertaking for the overall personality and career development of these girls.

When we told Priyanka about this opportunity, she was apprehensive for a minute about addressing such a huge crowd, but the moment she realized how much it could impact these girls, she agreed.

On the morning of the session, as we drove to the venue, she was a little nervous. But well, all of that seemed to vanish the moment she was on stage. She spoke like she owned the stage, cracking small jokes at times, but mostly sharing her entire life journey with honesty. The girls laughed with her at relatable jokes and applauded her for her achievements. I've known her story and heard it before, but it still gave me goosebumps.

After the session, so many girls walked up to her and expressed how in awe they were of all she had achieved, and how they wanted to work towards their dreams too. We even had a girl who wasn't enrolled in the program yet, approach the admin and request to be a part of the 2-year program.

One thing which Priyanka said at the end of the session that stuck with me is - "You get at least one opportunity in life, it is up to you to make the most of it". She got hers, and she made the most of it.

The journey that we all started back in 2018 has not only impacted Priyanka but over 250 other girls now. All of this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for your confidence in her. Thank you :)
To update you on the educational front, Priyanka secured distinction in her 2nd year of college and is currently in her 3rd year. She completed her COVID testing duty and has volunteered to join the COVID vaccine duty which will begin soon.
Every other day we wake up to another thing that Priyanka does that makes our hearts swell with pride!

Earlier this month, we came in touch with an organization that was looking for a young woman leader to speak with over 250 girls. These girls belong to a tribal area in Gujarat and are currently working with a leading textile company in Ahmedabad. The organization was looking for a young woman leader to share her life journey to motive these girls to be a part of a two-year program that they are undertaking for the overall personality and career development of these girls.

When we told Priyanka about this opportunity, she was apprehensive for a minute about addressing such a huge crowd, but the moment she realized how much it could impact these girls, she agreed.

On the morning of the session, as we drove to the venue, she was a little nervous. But well, all of that seemed to vanish the moment she was on stage. She spoke like she owned the stage, cracking small jokes at times, but mostly sharing her entire life journey with honesty. The girls laughed with her at relatable jokes and applauded her for her achievements. I've known her story and heard it before, but it still gave me goosebumps.

After the session, so many girls walked up to her and expressed how in awe they were of all she had achieved, and how they wanted to work towards their dreams too. We even had a girl who wasn't enrolled in the program yet, approach the admin and request to be a part of the 2-year program.

One thing which Priyanka said at the end of the session that stuck with me is - "You get at least one opportunity in life, it is up to you to make the most of it". She got hers, and she made the most of it.

The journey that we all started back in 2018 has not only impacted Priyanka but over 250 other girls now. All of this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for your confidence in her. Thank you :)
To update you on the educational front, Priyanka secured distinction in her 2nd year of college and is currently in her 3rd year. She completed her COVID testing duty and has volunteered to join the COVID vaccine duty which will begin soon.
5th September 2020
Dear All,

I got wonderful news today which made me cry. Priyanka had messaged me to wish me for teacher's day, and she also gave me what I’ll call the best teachers day gift. She told me about what she has been doing for over the past 20 days. There is a camp at the border of Ahmedabad, where the rapid COVID test is being done for everyone entering Ahmedabad.

Priyanka has been volunteering there for a few days, performing the rapid tests. She is there from 8 am to 4 pm every day in a PPE kit and she’s done some 250 tests till now. She told me “I wanted to do anything I could to help and when my college said I could volunteer here, I joined instantly”.

She’s towards the end of her 2nd year of nursing, and she’s already doing everything she can to help out the society. My heart swelled with pride when she told me this and I called every person who knew her like a mother does sharethe good news about their child.

You play a huge role in helping her get here and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and tell you the wonderful things she’s been doing. I hope you’re as proud of this 20-year-old angel as I am. Thanks again, you made this possible ✨
     
Dear All,

I got wonderful news today which made me cry. Priyanka had messaged me to wish me for teacher's day, and she also gave me what I’ll call the best teachers day gift. She told me about what she has been doing for over the past 20 days. There is a camp at the border of Ahmedabad, where the rapid COVID test is being done for everyone entering Ahmedabad.

Priyanka has been volunteering there for a few days, performing the rapid tests. She is there from 8 am to 4 pm every day in a PPE kit and she’s done some 250 tests till now. She told me “I wanted to do anything I could to help and when my college said I could volunteer here, I joined instantly”.

She’s towards the end of her 2nd year of nursing, and she’s already doing everything she can to help out the society. My heart swelled with pride when she told me this and I called every person who knew her like a mother does sharethe good news about their child.

You play a huge role in helping her get here and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and tell you the wonderful things she’s been doing. I hope you’re as proud of this 20-year-old angel as I am. Thanks again, you made this possible ✨
     
25th December 2019
This is a small note of gratitude for every individual aka hero who joined hands and supported us to support Priyanka in accomplishing her dreams. We are glad to share the result of her first year B. Sc. examination which she passed with flying colours. (Image being attached of her first class result)  Thank you for giving wings to her dream and making it possible. :)
This is a small note of gratitude for every individual aka hero who joined hands and supported us to support Priyanka in accomplishing her dreams. We are glad to share the result of her first year B. Sc. examination which she passed with flying colours. (Image being attached of her first class result)  Thank you for giving wings to her dream and making it possible. :)
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Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Priyanka Barot info_outline