Every morning, Smruti
Her parents could not afford to send
watches her older siblings walk
to school. While they learn in
classrooms, Smruti stands on the
side of a busy road washing dishes
and serving customers.
all their children to school. As the
youngest girl, Smruti was chosen to stay
home and work at the family tea stall.
One day, some of our staff stopped at the stall. They were surprised to see such a young
girl serving chai when she should be in school. Our staff shared with Smruti’s mother about
the Good Shepherd School - where Dalit children like Smruti could receive quality education
without paying school fees. The following week, Smruti was enrolled at our school.
Were it not for our Good Shepherd School, Smruti would still be serving tea by the side of
the road and heading towards a lifetime of poverty and servitude. But today she is the top
student in her class. Her favourite subjects are Math and English. She dreams of becoming
a flight attendant.
There are currently 107 Good Shepherd Schools across India, primarily in
rural villages, with over 26,000 students enrolled. 12 |