For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m blogging 26 days in April based on the alphabet and bringing you stories from the nonprofit Project Why.
At Project Why there are many stories, big and small, but today I bring you the story of Babli, a girl whose resilience has been an inspiration to many. The staff and supporters of Project Why can’t stop talking about her!
When Babli first came to Project Why she was a bright-eyed feisty girl, what some Indians would call Bindaas: confident, and carefree. She loved books and seemed to always have an open-mouthed smile. It took the staff at Project Why some time to realize that every breath she drew was an effort. She had a hole in her heart and needed corrective surgery. The family was unable to come up with the needed funds. They had simply accepted that she would die, because in India, little girls are sometimes dispensable, their hearts not worth mending.
Project Why raised the funds thanks to wonderful friends and the operation was performed. Babli went through scary, painful operations, but her bindaas spirit saw her home. She was expected back in school, but to everyone’s utter shock, it emerged that Babli could not come back to school because the mother was now the family’s sole earning member, and didn’t have time to take Babli to school. The father was busy playing cards, and it fell to Babli to manage the father’s cart that sold tobacco and biscuits.
A chance at life wasted away. But Babli’s words, spoken when she had trouble breathing, still resonated: “I want to be a police,” she had said, without hesitation, when someone asked her.
Project Why found the situation unacceptable, and took steps to change it.
Today Babli studies in grade IX in an English Medium boarding school in New Delhi, where she often tops her class. True, she won’t become a ‘police’ as the aftermath of her surgery resulted in scoliosis, but she will shine. Her education, which had fallen into peril this year because of a major donor backing out, will continue thanks to another kindhearted donor who has stepped in to fill the gap. This is Project Why’s attempt to prove that given equal opportunities, children from the slum can do as well as those from the privileged classes.
Babli’s equally brave and deserving friends, Yash, Manisha and Aditya are not so fortunate. Their education costs about 3,300 USD a year (about 2.2 lakh rupees). Their sponsor has backed out, and Project Why is now in search of donors who will take care of the boarding school fees of these kids for the coming 6-8 years.
While these donors are found, Project Why needs to ensure that the fees till July this year are paid up, and to that end, they’re trying to raise stop-gap funds.
It will take 700 USD each, for Yash, Manisha and Aditya to remain in boarding school till this July.
To Donate to the boarding school fund FOR Project Why, Click Here.
To Contact Project Why, Click Here
Will you support Project Why in its drive to help kids like Babli? Would you donate a small sum to the Project Why Boarding school fund? Have you ever been to India? Have you tried to find a way to help those in need? What was the experience like?
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