The marks came in yesterday for our Blossom Bus students' first set of exams, and we’re pleased to say the results are astounding - every one of the 46 young women who participated in this initiative was promoted to the next level! The report card for six girls who passed the eighth grade - with flying colors - is pictured above.
Nearly forced to drop out due to a lack of transportation, these girls have made themselves, their teachers and their parents proud. Without this seemingly small intervention, their reality today would look much different: many would have been married off (some as young as 12), while most of the others would be tilling the fields for wages far below the sustenance level.
Instead, the Blossom Bus riders adopted bright new attitudes - and their parents have gotten swept up in their enthusiasm as well. Impressed with their daughters’ success, they are now committed to getting through the annual harvest without the extra hands so the girls can continue their studies; parents have even implored our staff to keep the buses running through May. Although the pilot was originally slated to end yesterday, upon hearing this great news we immediately told our officers in Mewat to keep it rolling!
The significance of this initiative for the community it serves is profound: out of 70,000 students in the Hathin block of Mewat in 2009, only one Muslim girl was studying in grade 9. Next year, nine Muslim girls will attend grade 9 and four will be in grade 10 only because of the Blossom Bus. The opportunity being presented is not lost on these young women, who as a group have had perfect attendance since the start of the project.
Please join us in congratulating them for their achievements! Your support has helped turn the world around for these 46 eager students, and we thank you sincerely on their behalf. We hope you may consider renewing your support, bearing in mind that $150 will keep one of these girls in school for an entire year.
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