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  • Nidhi

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    Nidhi

    from Ajmer, Rajasthan

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The joy of Giving was just a phrase for me till a couple of years ago. An internship with Teach for India allowed me to associate feelings with this phrase. I engaged with the bright sparks of Mumbai. These kids were curious. They had dreams and aspirations. The lack of access to resources did not dampen their spirits. Teaching those children and spending time with them gave me two things. One, I developed my listening skills. I would listen to their stories and dreams for hours. Two, it gave me a purpose for my life. I realized I wanted to work for creating access to better education for millions of children like them.
My dream is big. But then, what good is a dream that is not big. I researched a lot to convert this dream into reality. I have always stood in the top 2% of the class. I got introduced to the public policy during various internships over the last 2 years. Volunteering with UN volunteers gave me a sense of poor education in India which never turns into employment. I also interned with the office of a Member of Parliament, assisting them on bill evaluation/framing questions. This has helped me secure admission to one of the top universities in the world. I am pleased to share that I have received an offer for admission to MSc. (Public Policy) from the University of Bristol, England. This degree will help understand how to frame policies for the greater good and further help India achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.

I am Nidhi. A 22-year-old girl from Ajmer, a small town in Rajasthan. I come from a family of 4 women with my father being the sole earner. He runs a stationery shop. My parents have always encouraged me to equip myself with the right education so that I can give back to society. Whereas in the previous generation, underage women were married off, I am the first generation woman in my family to go to college and obtain a degree. Help me to pursue this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Good things do not come easily, and we need to overcome many challenges to get them. I have always felt for the children who could not afford access to good education. Today, as I write this, I realise I am one of them. This journey has revealed the guise of financial restrictions. To meet my financial obligations, I worked multiple jobs and was able to save money for my applications and IELTS. The last rupees my parents could take out, including the education loan, is falling short of the required amount for my fee. Many of my peers would give up and opt for an alternate course when faced with a similar situation. But I have decided to pursue the seemingly impossible task. The adversity has strengthened my resolve to study at the University of Bristol, known for its research. I  want to equip myself with the right education. I will come back and dedicate my life to provide children access to better education. This, because I now understand how a child feels when they don’t have access to the education they deserve.

The total cost of my education is 32.3 lakh rupees. I have arranged for 13 lakh rupees through an education loan, support from Parents, and from the multiple jobs, I did. I need to raise 19.3 lakh rupees to reach my goal.

 I invite you to join me in this journey of making education accessible to all children in India. Your encouragement inspires me to work harder, but your financial assistance will ensure that I can do it. I will be building a website to share my progress during my course at the University of Bristol and the work I do after it.
My academic ambitions were thrown into disarray by the pandemic. With no schools open, the income from the stationery shops dwindled to zero, forcing the family to rely on their savings to get by.
 
Economics has taught me the magic of the multiplier effect. Every rupee that you contribute to my journey, will go on to unlock a multiple when I pay it forward by way of my work. Let us work together to improve children's access to education. Support me in this journey and Contribute Now.

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