Shevanti Patil lives in Mokhada’s Behetwadi village with her husband and five children. Though she is an illiterate she wants to educate all her children. Her biggest pride is her daughter Rahi who is the first girl from the family to study beyond the 4th grade.

But it wasn’t an easy feat. After completing the 4th grade in the zila parishad school Rahi had to discontinue her studies because there wasn’t any school in her village. Rahi had no choice but to drop out and take care of household chores at the age of nine.

Today, Rahi is in the 5th grade and is very happy.

In 2013-14, through Aroehan’s intervention five other children from Behetwadi have rejoined school.

A year later Rahi’s hopes of educating herself were renewed when one of Aroehan’s staff members found out about her. After a string of surveys and meetings, our staff personally visited the parents to understand the reasons for these children to leave school and address them accordingly.

We approached the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Mokhada Taluka to make arrangements for Rahi’s admissions. Our staff helped Rahi with her documentation and within a week got her enrolled in the school.

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