These sweet sisters are Ashwini and Varsha. They migrated with their parents from a rural village to find construction work. Its just been two months since these precious girls joined us.
Our NEST program director Blessy still remembers the first day Ashwini and Varsha came to NEST. They had never been to school before and were so frightened. They cried inconsolably, rolling on the floor.
Thankfully, their crying lasted only for a short while. As soon as the other children started singing songs, Ashwini and Varsha stopped crying and started observing the other kids.
The next morning, to Blessy’s surprise, they were the first ones to arrive to school!
Their mother had decided she would not send the girls to school again because they were so upset when she dropped them off. But when the kids woke up the next day, they told their mom to help them get dressed and even said " make it fast... make it fast... we have to go to school" The mom was shocked. She rushed them to the NEST center and wanted to find out what had happened to change her children’s spirits. She realized when she saw her little ones sing and dance with the other kids that this was a very joyful place for them.
It has been two months and Ashwini and Varsha have learned so much. Their parents shared with our staff that they are so happy for their girls. When they return home after school, Ashwini and Varsha recite and sing what they learned that day. The neighbors in their community gather around the children and ask them to sing and recite their lessons for them. Now these two girls are shining lights of hope!
“Hearing the stories from our parents and seeing the transformations in the kids is what inspires us at NEST to do what we do.”
Its the little things that bring a smile and lightens the lives of our precious little ones across the globe, who otherwise would have no hope. It is a sacred and blessed work as we touch one life at a time, make one child smile, make one parent happy…
The story of Ashwini and Varsha is powerful. Girls are not encouraged to go to school from their caste in India. They are typically married off at a very young age. If unmarried, they either stay at home to cook and clean or go off to work with their parents. In this situation, the parents are not only allowing their children to go to school, but they are encouraging them. This is a monumental step in the right direction.
Our work will continue to fuel a rippled effect...with your support. The need is great and we have a funding gap...