By Lipi Joshi - Assistant, Research and Documentation Cell, Saath
Reshma and Gulshan: A step in the right direction, still a long way to go.
Reshma (15) and Gulshan (10) are two sisters, residents of Juhapura area (a slum) of Ahmedabad. Their family consists of their grandparents, their parents and 2 younger sisters. Reshma’s mother works as a housemaid. Reshma and Gulshan also work as housemaids. Her father does not work as he is a heart patient. Its a hand to mouth situation in the family. Both the sisters rely on their employer for food most of the times.
Through Firdosben, the teacher at Child Friendly Space, Reshma & Gulshan found out about the class. They enrolled and attend it regularly. After 3 months, when it was time for admission, Gulshan, with the help of Firdosben enrolled in Std. 4th at the (government school) Municipality School at Juhapura. Gulshan now goes to school regularly. However, she has not stopped working.
But there is hope and the teacher is trying to get Reshma to join her sister in school.