They may be underprivileged but with sheer hard work and dedication have shown to the world that the word “impossible” does not exist in their dictionary. We introduce you to a few of these underprivileged children who get education under the Satya Bharti School Programme.
Sukhjeet Kaur, Chogawan, Amritsar
Sukhjeet Kaur, 16, belongs to Bhullar, a small village located in the rural belt of Amritsar, Punjab. She has two sisters and one brother, and her father is mentally-challenged. The family has faced several tough knocks but the final blow came when the family was thrown out of the ancestral home due to domestic disputes. Sukhjeet’s mother is a small-time tailor and her sister often have to stay back at home to help their mother complete her stitching jobs. But she had ample encouragement from her school teachers who kept on goading her to not leave studies. In Class X Boards, she got CGPA 8 and is now pursuing commerce.
Rajbir Kaur, Fattubhila, Amritsar
Rajbir Kaur secured CGPA 9.2 in class X. Resident of village Babowal, she four siblings and her father is rickshaw-puller with meager earnings. But this doesn’t break her resolve to study. Even the daily walk of 16 km to and from school fails to ebb her enthusiasm towards learning. “I have studied till class IX and I know the importance of education. I will never want my daughter to leave her studies,” says her mother Santosh Kaur.
Jaspreet Kaur, Rauni, Ludhiana
Jaspreet Kaur belongs to a family of eight. Her father is disabled and hence not employed anywhere. The family is supported by her uncle. Some teachers of her school, Satya Bharati Adarsh Senior Secondary School also help her with resource material for studies. Living in strife has not dimmed her resolve to study. She scored CGPA 10 in her class X CBSE Board exams.
Arshdeep Kaur, Sherpur Kalan, Ludhiana
Arshdeep Kaur scored CGPA 10 in her Class X CBSE Boards Examinations, making her teachers, peers and her alma mater proud of her. But sixteen-year-old Arshdeep’s life has not been easy, she lost her father and mother in a tragic road accident at the tender age of 8 months. She is living with her maternal grandparents who are bringing her up. Arshdeep aspires to be an I.P.S. officer.
Tania Bawa, Jhaneri, Sangrur
Tania Bawa belongs to a family of 12 members. Her Father Harwinder Singh, a casual labourer and the sole bread winner for the family. But he makes sure that Tania attends school every day. The father has made transport arrangements for Tania so that she reaches school that is 13 km away from her home, in time. Tania scored a CGPA of 10 in the Class X CBSE Board Exams. She is an excellent orator and wants to be a civil servant. “I dream of becoming a Gazetted Officer with the Government of Punjab, and have started preparing for the Punjab Civil Services Exams,” she says.
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