After completing my education, I joined the Bharti Foundation as a teacher. And in the years I have spent here, I was truly blessed to be able to teach hundreds of children who are first generation learners from their families.
With their parents striving hard to earn two square meals a day as daily wagers and agriculture labours, education was never on mind of the children who are currently studying at the Satya Bharti Schools, established in the remote villages, especially in the Jodhpur region. I have been a part of many enrolment drives that Bharti Foundation keeps on conducting to bring out-of-children to school.
During one of such drives, when I served as a teacher at Satya Bharti School in Belwa Ranaji village, I came across a child. I saw a 5-year old unattended, hungry, and sad child – all alone inside a tiny hut. I waited there for almost four hours with him for his mother to arrive. I learnt that his father got killed in a road accident two years back. Since then, his mother was working as a daily wage earner in nearby fields for survival.
Listening to her painful struggles, I was determined to ensure the little boy gets enrolled in school and receives proper education. It took me almost five months to get all his necessary documents ready for his admission in school. And it may seem like an absolutely ordinary thing to most people, but to me it was an extremely emotional moment to see Rawal pass the 1st grade. Every time he smiles, I feel proud.
– Manish (Now a Cluster Cordinator in Jodhpur Region, Bharti Foundation) with one of his favourite students – Rawal Ram (Now in Class 3).
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