India: Adult Literacy Program
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Bahetri was just 13 years old when she got married. Her husband was a drunkard and never cared for Bahetri and their three children. A few years ago, he left her to live with another woman.
For many years following this incident, Bahetri struggled to feed and clothe her children. Her husband moved out when their children needed their father the most—during their young formative years. Sending their children to school was simply out of the question.
Reflecting on her own childhood, Bahetri was not allowed to attend school; her parents were focused on their daughter’s purity and not getting distracted by boys in school. They were afraid of what people in their community would say if they sent their daughter to school, considering young girls in her village didn’t typically go to school. Adding to that, the schools were all located far from their home, and the teachers instructed the boys and girls together in one classroom – something Bahetri’s parents didn’t approve of.
From the time her husband left, Bahetri was solely responsible for providing for her children. She found work as a maidservant in different homes, which meant she had to leave her small children at home alone. Bahetri worked hard, but she was constantly distracted by thoughts of her children on their own. Sometimes she would rush home in the middle of the work day just to make sure her children were safe and then return to work.
These were hard times for Bahetri; she thought about committing suicide, but never went through with it for the sake of her children.
Just when Bahetri was at her lowest, she met Sailaja, an Adult Literacy teacher. At first, Bahetri was hesitant to talk to Sailaja. She was unwilling to receive Sailaja’s invitation to join the literacy classes.
Over time, Sailaja’s continuous efforts paid off when Bahetri agreed to attend. Bahetri soon became one of the best learners in the class.
Bahetri is now able to read and write. She even opened a small food stand near her home and is earning a sufficient income to provide for her family.