Sister duo Kavita* (8 years) and Pallavi* (11 years) (names changed) both study in E&H Foundation run classes in Std 3. They live in Farrukhabad with their mother, Satyavati, father, Guddu and elder brother, Atul along with three goats.
Kavita and Pallavi have a younger sister, Anshika (6 years old), who enrolled into class in April 2019 for former education for the first time. Being eldest of the three sisters, Pallavi often finds herself taking care of her younger siblings and assisting her mother with a few household chores. She likes studying English and wishes she to be a fluent speaker as she grows older. While Pallavi is an introvert, Kavita is expressive with her words and has a pleasing presence on her class. She is often hailed as the storyteller amongst her peers.
Their mother, Satyavati has studied till Class 5th, post which she dropped out and soon got married to Guddu. Satyavati makes sure to ask her daughters about their lessons and about the daily activities that transpired in class, each day. She does zardozi work at home and Guddu is a full-time laborer, with a daily wage of about Rs 200-250. The household’s combined monthly average income ranges from anywhere between Rs 8,000-10,000 per month. The family does not own a TV, so occasionally Kavita asks his brother to put on a Hindi song that she can sing along and dance to. Both sisters enjoy cooking for their Atul Bhaiya (brother) and are extremely fond of him. They also fear Atul for whenever he finds them missing class and sitting idle at home, he personally goes and drops them off to class.
Satyavati and Guddu understand the importance of quality education and are involved in their children’s present as well as future. They have a great rapport with Kavita and Pallavi’s class teacher, Ms. Roji and always make it a point to attend all parent teachers’ meetings and sign their reports. They like the fact that the girls are comfortable with their teacher and the way she explains things to them.
In the absence of support from individual and corporate donors towards E&H Foundation run classes in the region, there is high probability that both Kavita and Pallavi would not have been able to access quality education in their localities. Even their sister would not have been able to join them and enroll in Std 1 this year.