Getting Together in Dehradun
We began the MIssion: Univeristy program three years ago with 8 students.
Back then, it wasn't a program, really. It was just a few students who wanted to reach higher, and a few people who came together to help them get there.
Today, Mission: University has inspired the creation of Teach Her, a nonprofit organization that offers college education to orphaned girls all over the world.. (www.teachher.org) Teach Her just enrolled its 50th student this past month! And Mission: University now has 25 students in top private universities. From humble beginnings, great things can grow!
Since the first MIssion:U students entered school, I have been unable to travel to India due to the pandemic worries and Visa restrictions, but recently, I braved the not-so-friendly skies and flew back. My plan was to visit some of our students, spend time wtih them on their campuses and see first hand how the MIssion: University program was working.
All I can say is: You would all be very proud.
These students are meeting the challenge of college head on. They are not only completing the work, they are getting involved in activities and making new friends. To see the change in action, click on this YouTube link and see a short feature on one of our students.
Rosie was one of the students that impressed me the most. She's attending a top school and studying Honors English. But on campus, she was also a leader. There was a large festival taking place the day I arrived, and Rosie was part of the organizing committee, directing other staffers, checking in on details, saying hi to basically every professor and student she passed. It was inspiring for me to see. Great job, Rosie!
We also had the opportuntiy to gather many of the students for a roof-top celebration. It was a chance to connect about Mission: University expectations, listen to any concerns and just have some fun together. The feature image is a photo of that gathering.
This year, Job, Jessia, Basanti, Kamal, Clifford and Sonia., 6 of our original 8, are graduating! Job is planning a six month trip to Canada, Basanit is beginning a nursing internship, Kamal is beginning his Masters in Physical Education, Clifford has a job offer in Delhi and is appying for Masters degree programs overseas, and Sonia & Jessica are currently interviewing looking for their first job. We all start somewhere.
Unfortunately, there are no graduation ceremonies yet like colleges abroad. Many schools wait one full year before passing out diplomas, which feels a bit anti-climactic to me. So no cap and gown pictures to share.
And so a new year is beginning. 6 new students will be enrolling in August and we are honored to offer them this opportunity. Thanks to all of you, these kids are getting the chance we all deserve. The chance to reach your full potenital. Thanks for caring and for supporting this critical work.
I will say: We still do have a few students who could use full sponsors, so if you're interested in have a more direct connection, please let me know at email@example.com
All the best,
Maya on the left and Rosie on the right
Sonia and Sabby on campus
Kelly and Jimika completed year 1 in Law school!