Water is essential to life. And yet it could have kept Susan out of school for good.
“Please Henry don’t talk to me in vernacular, I don’t want to be punished once my colleagues and teachers hear me talking our vernacular while in the campus.”
When I left for Lalwi village, in Bahraich, to meet the girls of Ekta adolescent group, little did I know that I was about to discover a gold mine of inspirational stories.
Thanks to the Join My Village maternal health program in India, women like Seema are learning about prenatal care and safe births in their local villages.
This ‘burden’ said no to child marriage, and demanded an education instead.
It was all arranged, even the dowry.
Experiencing, witnessing and perpetrating violence is an all too common reality for boys growing up in this post-conflict environment, which is still marred by the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s and early 2000s.