Like most children in her village, Jannat’s day began with school and ended with newly gained knowledge. She believed that every day had a hidden opportunity and all she needed to do was to look for it.
Young Jannat showed extraordinary courage in tackling a sensitive issue like open defecation, particularly when it related to people who had used this method all their lives and didn’t see anything wrong or unhygienic in their actions. But thanks to a sound education, Jannat realized the necessity of a regime of cleanliness and was determined to assist the elderly couple who she noticed defecating behind the bushes near her school, every day.
It took several attempts, but Jannat showed strength of character in refusing to give up, and took initiative in getting her viewpoint across to not just the Sarpanch, but also her school and friends who helped raise funds for the toilet accessories. This unique young girl’s eventual success in getting a toilet constructed for the elderly couple had a domino effect through the village, and rightly so, it is Jannat who is credited with the success of this initiative.
Jannat is an excellent example of leadership, dedication and determination.
-Excerpt from Karma Kurry, authored by Jeroninio (Jerry) Almeida.
Karma Kurry – Kidpower is a compilation of 22 true, inspirational stories of Satya Bharti School students and alumni. These stories of courage feature hardships and life struggles of the sheroes, who did not give up irrespective of several challenges they faced in life.
The book is available in the leading bookstores and online platforms.
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