At-risk of physical or sexual violence
Sweeping the house.
To be a teacher.
Helping her mother with chores.
Motto & Pathlu (an Indian cartoon).
Thanya’s parents only desired to have sons. For a while, they were unable to have children due to Thanya’s mother’s health problems. They decided together that if they were able to conceive, they would only accept a son, but not a daughter. They decided they would rather have no children than have a daughter.
Eventually, Thanya’s mother conceived and gave birth to her. Both her mother and her father were deeply disappointed by her birth. They both began to severely neglect her for being a girl and refused to accept her as a part of their family. Because of this, Thanya’s grandmother took her in and cared for her. As Thanya grew, her grandmother enrolled her in school to make sure she was receiving a good education and being taken care of.
In the meantime, Thanya’s parents gave birth to her little brother, and they were overjoyed. Thanya’s grandmother began to age and develop age-related health problems, so she was forced to send Thanya back to her parents. Her parents accepted Thanya back with the expectation that she would be taken out of school and forced to work to earn money for her brother’s education instead.
After hearing this, her grandmother got in touch with our social workers through a neighbor who knew about our work. After learning about Thanya’s situation our social workers were able to take immediate action by confronting her parents for their negligence and intervening on her behalf.
Thanya is safe and your sponsorship ensures she is enrolled in school rather than becoming a child laborer. It also provides her with ongoing support and counseling from our social workers who are teaching her the value of being a girl!