At-risk of physical or sexual violence
Sweeping the house and washing dishes.
To be a teacher.
Playing shuttle board.
Masha and the Bear (an animated kids series).
Mahima’s father was raised to value sons and to believe that girls were burdens on their families. When Mahima’s mother gave birth to their first child, a son, they were overjoyed. Mahima’s father celebrated the birth of his son with all kinds of gifts and new toys. Soon after, Mahima’s mother was pregnant again and gave birth to Mahima. Her father’s reaction was the opposite of the celebration he had for his son’s birth. Instead, he was deeply disappointed that she was born. He had no celebrations for her birth and began to significantly neglect her, only allowing Mahima to eat the leftovers of her brother's food.
When her brother came of age, her father enrolled him in school. When Mahima’s mother asked if she could enroll their daughter in school as well, Mahima’s father rejected the idea. He insisted that she work in the field with her mother to earn money for her brother’s education. Her mother, desiring to help her daughter, reached out to our social workers. After learning about Mahima’s situation, our social workers were able to confront her father for his negligence, counsel him to change his mindset, and intervene on Mahima’s behalf.
Your sponsorship ensures Mahima is enrolled in school and receiving a good education. It also ensures she is receiving ongoing counseling and support from our social workers who are teaching her the worth and value of being a girl!