By Rakhee Sharma
Aashiya comes from a poor Kalandar family. There are 6 in her family and Aashiya is the oldest of four children. Aashiya’s father previously used to ‘dance bears.’ However, he surrendered his bear to Wildlife SOS and now he is self employed earning an income by selling wood. Although neither Aashiya’s father nor mother have ever received an education, it has always been their dream that their children would. However, for many years, their economic situation made it difficult for them to accomplish this.
Thanks to the support provided by Wildlife SOS, this became possible. The Wildlife SOS Education project, provides quality education to children from Kalandar Communities by giving them academic, material and moral support. Aashiya benefited from this program and took advantage of it to the fullest extent.
Now Aashiya is a 1st year student at Maharani Laxmi Bai College located in Bhopal. She is studying commerce and attends classes regularly. She works enthusiastically, this is reflected in the results she has achieved. She is scoring high marks and her future is looking very bright.
Aashiya’s parents are determined to educate their daughter and appreciate the role Wildlife SOS has played in helping her achieve her dream. They say, “The material support provided by Wildlife SOS helped a lot in reducing the financial burdern related to education and tuition.”
Aashiya wants to acquire a masters’s degree and is interested in joining the bank service.
We express our deepest appreciation for the hard work put in by Aashiya and wish her luck in all her future endeavors.
To support the program that helps Aashiya and other Kalandar children, please make a donation to www.wildlifesos.org/donate