Rubina is second from right.
Name: Rubina Chand Patel
Age: 17 years
Education: 12th STD
Address: Phule Nagar, Vishrantwadi.
Rubina says: “Aap bahot acche ho! Aap ne to hamari zindagi badal dee!!”
(You are all very kind! You have changed our lives!)
"My family has seven members. Father is wage labourer and mother is a house wife. My elder sister is married and my brother is working at 'diamond pool'. My younger brother and sister are in school.
I am in 12th STD in an Urdu school called Anjuman Islam.
One day I came to know about the life skill classes. In our community girls from our religion are not usually allowed out of the house. Fortunately, the life skills class teachers came to my house and my friend’s and persuaded our parents to send us to the classes. We wear our Muslim 'Burkha', and come to class. I don't like to wear it, as it covers our whole body and face.
We started to go to life skills classes which were conducted in a common community space in our neighbourhood.
We very much enjoyed the life skills classes. We received valuable knowledge and information from teachers at the class. We learnt about the police station and bank; what and where they are. We learnt about the menstrual cycle. We also learnt what child abuse is. All of these things are really important for us to know, but we didn't know anything about these things before. Our parents are also pleased that we have learnt about these things from the classes."