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A quiet boy by nature, Adarsh is intelligent and sincere. He comes from an agricultural family that is educated up to high school. He respects his teachers and elders. Shy by nature, Adarsh requires a little push to participate in co-curricular activities but enjoys himslef once he starts. He is especially good with his hands and excels at craft work
Sechota has lived in Monduli Town with her grandmother and grandfather since her parents died many years ago. Her grandparents support her and her 5 other siblings on their subsistence farm. However, because they are quite old and have little money, they struggle to contribute to their grandchildren’s education. Sechota’s older sister finished secondary school and is now studying computer science at a certificate program. Sechota hopes to be able to also succeed in secondary school so that she can send her younger siblings to primary school.
Isaya comes from a very large family as his father had 9 wives and dozens of children. His mother has 9 children herself, including Isaya. However, now that Isaya’s father has died, his mother struggles to support her many children as a subsistence farmer. Isaya is the youngest son and only one of his older siblings had the opportunity to attend secondary school. He hopes to be able to follow in his brother’s footsteps and finish secondary school — setting a good example for his younger sister who also attends Orkeeswa in Form One.
Baraka, along with his 3 other siblings, is supported by his mother who works as a subsistence farmer. His father is a retired teacher, however he left the family and is no longer in Baraka’s life. In addition to single-handedly supporting her own children, she also took in her brother’s children when he died. Neither of Baraka’s two older siblings had the opportunity to go to secondary school. Baraka hopes to be the first in his family to graduate secondary school and set a good example for his younger brother who will soon finish primary school.
Ritu Yadav is always bubbling with answers. Her hands gesture wildly as she explains her interest in making speeches. Ritu uses her voice to speak out against caste discrimination and the gender inequality she sees all around her. Growing up in Uttar Pradesh, India Ritu has constantly been bombarded by things she can't do as a girl. She's determined to change that.
Inspired by her mentor, Mr. Mithai Lal, she plans to become a math professor and continue to speak out for gender equality. She is completely determined for girls' to be recognized for their capability and ability to do the same things boys do.
Since Ngirunga’s father died many years ago, his mother has supported her four children by herself. Ngirunga now lives with his mother who is a subsistence farmer, his younger sister who is in primary school, and his two older brothers. His older brothers did not have the opportunity to go to secondary school and now work at home on the family farm. Ngirunga hopes to be able to receive a quality education so that he can give back to his family and ensure that his sister also goes to secondary school.
Sakshi has dreamed from age 9 of being a police officer after learning about India’s first female policewoman. Despite her parents support, she was unable to continue her education in the village due to financial constraints and her parents made the decision to send her to a government residential school for girls.
Joining the school in class 6th, she topped her class. She has never looked back since. Performing well in academics, she also participates in every single school function doing street plays, dances, speeches, and has won multiple awards for her performances, going as far as being appreciated by the District Magistrate who is the highest ranking administrative officer in a district. She is also passionate about girls’ education and organizes events to stop gender discrimination.
Mohamedeid is a grade 8 student in the 2016 school year. His favorite classes are English, math, science, and social studies. Coming from the local orphanage, Mohamedeid is proud to have earned an education and be at the school he is now. In understanding the value of education, he enjoys volunteering his time to tutor children from the local village. He enjoys teaching and hopes to be a teacher in the future, and later the president of his country.
Suraj is a kabbaddi player and wants to become a policeman. New to the school, he is a hard working student. He has quickly made new friends and settled in very well. He appreciates the opportunity to play so many sports that were not available at his old school.
Hamda is a grade 9 student in the 2016 school year. Learning English has been the hardest challenge for Hamda so far. By reading books, learning new vocabulary, and practicing speaking, Hamda has been able to improve her English. She is a Proctor at school, which she enjoys because she gets to help her peers and be a leader to them. In the future, Hamda hopes to use her education to help better her country by giving back to her school and sharing her knowledge with the students.
Vishal wants to be a soldier to serve his country. He is hardworking and willing to participate in activities at school. He represented his house in athletics and Kabbadi during the sports day. Academically he performs above average and is showing steady improvement.
Munir comes from a family of two sisters and two brothers. Munir’s biggest accomplishment is being in school. He enjoys learning and hopes to use his desire for learning to improve the lives of others in his country. There are many people who do not feel that education is important to them. Munir hopes to change that by providing education for others in the future and showing how important education is to them.
Abhay lost his father and his elder brother is the sole bread winner in the family. A quiet and confident child he joined Milaan school this academic year. A good athlete he can compete in most any outdoor game but is still a little shy in participating in cultural activities. He is willing to try his hand at acting in the school play.