I am very happy to help write this update for Global Giving with the help of Mr Naresh Kumar the education director of People First.
I come from a small village where there is no electricity school or doctor, but in the next village People First ran a school and when I had finished my chores in the morning I went there to learn.
The school taught the children a song which had the words," I will help with the animals and in the field every day but please let me go to school to learn" I used to sing it to my family.
At night I would do extra studies by the light of a wick lantern.
Soon I was passing my exams in the first position and was recommended by my principal to try for a place on the People First Childrens Academic Personal Scholarship (CAPS) scheme.
My family is very poor we cannot even afford a tile roof so the straw gets damp in the rains, so the chance to go to a private school for a full time residential education was beyond the wildest dreams and hopes for my family.
I was lucky and I got selected, after quite a long process, and two years ago I chose to go to a private school in Bodhgaya, where I study in Class Seven
I want to help my family, I want then to try and use my education to help others. I have the good fortune to be the first in my family to be able to say " I am educated and ready for a whole new future"
This update was based on a series of Interviews with Pinto and some written material translated from Hindi.
Your support really does change lives tremendously,
And Pintos story is quite typical of the CAPS students
Thanks for all your help,
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Dhobi Gaya Rd Bodhgaya,