These are our 7th grade students : Bhargavi, Divya and Leelavathi, 3 out of Bengaluru's first cohort of girls to be selected for Avasara Academy, India's top leadership development program that trains exceptionally well performing and inspirational young women to achieve their ambitions and contribute to society. It is indeed, a matter of pride for us educators,to watch our girls take their first step towards making their dream come true. This feat only strengthens our faith in the vision that "One day, all children will attain an excellent education."
Behind the excellence, grit, willpower these wonder girls exhibit at academics and otherwise, they brave odds back at home and in their communities.
Bhargavi's father is an auto driver, who is supported by her mother who irons clothes for a living, who together earn to educate their daughters, one of whom is in college.
Divya hails from a family of 6, where her father, a carpenter, is the sole breadwinner for all 4 children.
Leelavathi and her sister have been raised by a single mother, who works in a parlour.
Their parents, who are daily wage workers toil for long hours only so that their daughters can be free from the shackles of poverty that withhold them from achieving their dreams.
These exceptional students at school help their parents back at home, with daily chores, and yet do not compromise on their education. Bold and proactive, these girls have always taken the initiative to create an impact. Their odds don't hold them back,but only ignite a deep passion for education.
Today Bhargavi, is a part of the 15 member Kids Education Revolution National Committee, who conducts learning circles around gender equality.
Leelavathi is one of Bangalore's 26 Student Leader Advocates and a Model United Nations Delegate.
Divya, is one of Bangalore's Student Partners who is a core member of Transformational Learning and Leadership committee, an instructional core committee track.
These little women role model determination, courage and boldness in their pursuit of education. In fact, they want to use their education to help their families and their community.
They stand at the threshold of the next big chapter of their lives. Avasara Academy, through its Leadership Developlment program, aims to nurture exceptionally well performing girls to fulfill their career aspirations and
As the old African Proverb goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." We teachers strongly believe that we go far when we go together. Here is when YOU can help the girls achieve their dreams. Since they have cleared their first round of admissions, the families need to travel to Pune for the next round of interviews. You can contribute monetarily and the funds will be utilised for travel (to and fro) and for the accommodation at Pune.
If you too believe, that where we come from doesn't define where we go, please donate to the cause of education. Every donation, irrespective of the amount, would help us create a life changing opportunity for the girls.
With hope and gratitude,
Abhilasha Iyer and Rasha Shahul