Building confidence for sustainable change through awareness programs
HUMAIRA is a lively 6-year-old, who belongs to Okhla, New Delhi. She was once a very timid, shy girl who lacked confidence. Humaira, second out of the three siblings, had been to school once where she somehow completed grade iii but had to discontinue her education due to limited financial resources. This forced her to take up household chores along with her mother. Occupied with household work, she lost two precious years of her childhood and the freedom to enjoy learning with peers.
However, with support from care Plan to, HUMAIRA could see her dream of going to school into reality. She got an opportunity to interact with one of the volunteers, our volunteer on home visits back then. Kanti contacted and reached out to those parents and community members, whose daughters dropped out of school. HUMAIRA was hesitant to join grade iii and her parents too thought she was too old to go back to school. It was kanti who convinced HUMAIRA to attend school and receive formal education.
HUMAIRA is grateful to project pragati and its volunteers at prayas kendras who ensured that she resumes her education. “there was a time when i used to walk behind people, as i was scared, but today i am a more confident girl, everyone now follows me, as they know i excel in studies and sports”, the grade vi student says.
Kanti, who is also HUMAIRA’s teacher, says, ‘’she is a bright student and in a short span of time, she has picked up on sports and is also performing well academically. HUMAIRA is also trying her hand to learn leadership skills that help young women like her to shape their lives and help them achieve their goals. Inculcating leadership skills has proven to work wonders for women, especially young women, as they make them agential and lets them have some control over the choices that they make. HUMAIRA aspires to become a teacher and shape many more lives, just the way her teacher did.