Manaswi
ID RAI085

About Me
My name is Manaswi. I'm a 9-year-old.
Birthday

My birthday is
January 31, 2013.
Primary reason for rescue

At-risk of child marriage

1st language

Telugu

Chores at home

Washing dishes and clothes.

Grade

3rd grade

School year

2021-2022

Favorite school subject

English

Career goal

To be a doctor.

Favorite color

Pink

Favorite activity

Jogging

Favorite movie

Motto & Pathlu (an Indian cartoon).

My Story

Manaswi’s father was raised to only value sons. His parents taught him that girls and boys were not equal: boys would add value to a family and daughters would be a burden.

When Manaswi’s mother first went into labor, she gave birth to twins: Manaswi and her brother. Her father and grandparents were overjoyed by the birth of her twin brother—they celebrated him with many gifts while completely neglecting Manaswi. As the twins grew, Manaswi was always instructed to follow her brother—whatever he did was considered good and whatever she did was considered bad. And when another pregnancy turned out to be a girl, Manaswi’s younger sister, Manvitha, her father and grandparents were angry to have another daughter in their family.

Manaswi’s mother wanted her two daughters to be treated equally to her son. She wanted to enroll them in school and set them up for future success, but Manaswi’s father and his parents rejected the idea of the girls being educated. They believed there was no use in educating them and that it would be better for Manaswi and her younger sister to earn money for their brother’s education until they reached their teenage years. Then, they would marry the girls off so they would no longer be a burden on their family’s resources.

Manaswi’s mother was eventually able to enroll her in a government-regulated school, but Manaswi’s father still planned to marry her off once she became a teenager. Our social workers became aware of Manaswi and her sister’s situation through a concerned teacher who connected our partners with Manaswi’s mother. Our social workers were able to intervene on behalf of Manaswi and Manvitha, confronting her father and his parents for their negligence, teaching them the laws in place to protect Manaswi from their neglect, and counseling them to change their mindset toward girls. 

Manaswi is now safe and your sponsorship ensures she is enrolled in school instead of becoming a child bride. It also ensures she is receiving ongoing support and counseling from our social workers who are teaching her the value and worth of being a girl!