We have met some special greenlight children in India, many in fact, – but, we specifically have 8 special girls in mind when we are reflecting on this now. These are the first of our scholarship recipients for greenlight for girls - and it is because of all of you that they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams to study at University! Here is the latest report of these special girls...
G4g India Director, Dr Chandana Bhattacharya, and g4g Founder, Melissa Rancourt, met in Bangalore, India in January to meet our g4g Rickshaw team, to dream and plan about our next steps in India and to meet these special scholarship girls to talk about many things… especially Physics Class! First, for all of you who have been watching the adventures of Leslie & Antoine, our awesome Rickshaw team, as they posted their stories on Facebook these past four weeks…. we have news. They made it across the finish line!! This amazing pair decided to take their holiday to venture from the North of India to the South India in an auto-rickshaw (decked out in beautiful “green”-ery decorations) and to try to make it to the finish line in less than 3 weeks. This adventure was to also raise money for our special 8 girls in India to make it possible for this semester’s university tuition to be paid so these girls could continue their education…. and they accomplished this as well! Go team! Take a look on-line for more information about their adventures, their learnings – and then finally the special moment when they had the chance to meet the girls they were helping.
January is a great time for dreaming, for planning for the future. Chandana and Melissa did just this during their time together in India. Look for news about our upcoming Science Festival with Parikrma in Bangalore, bringing g4g and our scholarship girls into the classroom of younger students, our work with children from the rural areas of Rajasthan and our plans to work in Calcutta. Would you like to be a part of our work in India? Just let us know!
It’s amazing what can happen in only one year. Chandana and Melissa had this incredible opportunity to experience a transformation in a few special children we know. Just one year ago, they remember interviewing the potential greenlight for girls scholarship recipients. These very shy girls spoke very quietly about their dreams and aspirations. For some of them, they were just learning to speak English so the words were difficult to find – but we could see a special spark in their eyes. Fast forward the clock to one year later and we almost didn’t recognise them! Where was the shyness, the hesitation to speak in English? Almost completely gone! Our g4g scholarship winners were bubbling with enthusiasm and spoke to us non-stop about their studies, what it was like to be in university, being in class with other young women and men, and tackling these STEM subjects head-on. We encouraged lots of conversation about the challenges with the coursework and plans (and uncertainty) for the future. One of our conversations centered around physics class (so, you see, this is just like conversations we have all over the world!). One of the girls spoke about how she didn’t quite like Physics… and another immediately said, “then, you haven’t found the fun yet!” And with that, she reached in her backpack and pulled out everyday objects that people were throwing away – some string, a paper cup, an unused balloon and so on – and she immediately demonstrated Newton’s and Boyle’s Laws with the items in hand. She made the theory come alive and she made it very practical. This was most definitely a greenlight girl.
As with every opportunity we have in our work with greenlight for girls, we were awestruck, inspired and full of energy for more great ideas ahead.
Thank you for your incredible support!!!
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