All the girls in our girls home/education facility have just returned from holidays and many of them are in their final year of Social Work or various other degrees. One of our residents, Shreya, summarised the sense of relief she feels to be able to return to the hostel after a holiday in her village:
‘Most of the other girls where I live in Bihar are married by 18. Our schools don’t even have chalk for the board and sometimes there is one teacher for 400 children. My parents work on other people’s land and my mother married at 16. I am one of 6 children. All my brothers and sisters are married. One of my sisters was set on fire for a dowry demand (marriage money given by the bride’s family to the groom). I was determined that would not happen to me and that I would become educated and make social change. I want to become a social worker or a politician and work for rights for the poor and women.’
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