Reena’s Path to Literacy
Reena is a 16 year old girl from Karheda village in the region of Mewat, Haryana, India. Her father, Shri Karamchand, works as a shepherd. The family lives below the poverty line.
Reena suffered from Polio and became handicapped in both her legs. Despite her disability, she has grasped at every opportunity to better her and her family’s life. On June 7th, 2007 the Sehgal Foundation began a Tara Akshar center in Reena’s village. Tara Akshar is a software technique that teaches Hindi literacy in just 30 days. Reena learned of the new center from one of her friends, Kamlesh, a Tara Akshar instructor.
Reena immediately decided that she wanted to join the course. She initially had trouble persuading her family to give her permission, but eventually succeeded. She enrolled in the center’s second teaching cycle in July. Reena quickly grasped the lessons and excelled to the front of the class. When the rainy season began though, Reena would struggle at getting to class. Mud and slush would ruin her clothes on the way there. But Reena was determined, and continued to attend all her classes at the Tara Akshar center.
At the end of the course, Reena successfully passed with good marks. She has developed an unmatched level of confidence in her literacy. She now fluently reads and writes in Hindi. Beaming with poise she said, “Tara Akshar Aao, Akshar Gyan Pao (Come to Tare Akshar Center and become literate).”
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