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Sarvajal’s safe drinking water fosters female literacy

PIRAMAL FOUNDATION
November 01, 2018

The students belong to under privileged migrant community that earns a living as farm laborers.  While female literacy is only 27% in Nagina, the fact that the school has 436 girls to 394 boys made the Sarvajal’s team hopeful.  One of the women teachers confirmed that throughout Mewat this would be the norm – as boys get to go to private schools and the girls’ enrollment in government primary school would be higher. Girls would be taken off the school as soon as they have siblings to take care.  The double standards for girls and boys very visible and shocking but the team’s resolve to work in that school strengthened.

Ganga in class fourth brings her little brother who is two and half years old with her to school, her mom works in the field, the little one would get noon meals – a generous portion of Khichdi and water carefully fed by his sister – the school would allow that. If not the parents would withdraw her from school.

Rinku in the same class comes from a large family of 14 people, her father and his brothers live in the same house. She has 3 brothers, who go to a private school Arya Samaj School in Nagina.   She lives far away from the school and have to walk for an hour to get to school. She brings water in the blue bottle and fills it twice in the day. She smiled a shy smile when she told she wanted to be a teacher.

With the focus of the child picking up the beached starfishes and throwing them into the sea one by one to make a difference to that particular starfish, Sarvajal saw an opportunity to serve safe drinking water to the girls studying in the government school.

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