India is full of incredible stories. People in this wonderfully complex country work hard, don't give up until they achieve their dreams and in some cases, even travel far and wide in order to get an education. That's the story of a young fifth standard girl who's living with her uncle and aunt in Mumbai.
While talking to the folks at Humans of Bombay, this brave heart said she hails from a small village in India and has travelled a long way in order to attend school. For her, studies is the most important priority and for this, she even let go of home comforts.
Her parents instilled courage in her and said she's a big girl now. So this dynamic young lady filled out her own school form and busied herself in books. While talking to the creators of a Facebook page which celebrates everyday heroes, she said, "I love my school because we learn so many new things everyday. In spite of being a Marathi Medium school they teach us how to speak Hindi and English and I’m so excited to learn more words in both!"
And that's not it, she added that she wants to see her parents proud of her when she grows up. She said that she wants to achieve a lot so that her parents can share her success with the entire village.
"I miss them so much and I know they miss me too, but whenever I feel this way, I just open my books and start studying because that’s what makes me feel closest to them," she added.
This post has gone viral on Facebook with several people commending her on taking such a brave step. The Humans of Bombay page seems to celebrating women and girls who've taken extraordinary steps to achieve their dream.
Among the many stories shared on the page, there's also a post on a woman who grew up in a slum in Malad. She fought with her parents to go to school and failed Science and Maths in the 10th standard. With no money for a re-attempt, she started making friendship bands and saved up some cash. After four years, she re-appeared for her exams, passed and even did her BA in Sociology in Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University.
Since then, she started classes for girls in her slum and opened a centre called Sakhi. "Just the other day, they all wrote a speech for me — thanking me for being their ‘Sakhi’ and Ive never been happier — it was all in perfect English with no grammatical mistakes!" she said.