Rakhee and Raveena with their father
"God gave us back our hands!"
Recently we met with two girls from the village of Durgapur who are beneficiaries of the Blossom Bus to College program. These two girls, Rakhee and Raveena, are in their first year of a Bachlors of Science degree. Their parents, Braham and Bimla, are both handicapped and missing one hand. Mr. Braham informed us that he lost his arm in an accident long ago and due to his handicap, he was married to a woman who also had one hand. They both never used this handicap as an excuse and worked hard as farm labors.
Braham and Bimla have done everything they can to make sure that their daughters, Rakhee and Raveena, are educated. The daughters appreciate their parent’s willingness to support their education. They themselves are very intelligent and sincere in their studies. Rakhi secured 97% marks in 10th grade and 92% in grade 12. Raveena also secured 92% marks in 10th grade and 90% in 12 grade.
Based on their performances, they were both offered admissions into the Bachelor of Science program and are expecting to become doctors. Raveena told us that after the 12th grade, she was worried about furthering her studies because of the small pension that her family survives on from the government assistance that her parents receive for their handicaps. She expressed “my father did everything to arrange money for the college but travelling to college was a big worry. We met some girls from the village who were travelling on Blossom Bus to college and were apprehensive about getting a seat on the bus as the buses are already full. My parents met the Blossom Bus people through some girls already on the bus and told them about their situation. We were accommodated on the Blossom Bus without asking a single question on the basis of our performance and appetite for further studies.”
Braham told us that he feels very satisfied when he sees his daughters attending college as it has been a dream of his. He is very hopeful that one day his daughters will become respected participants of society and will bring glory to the family, “Our children will get back our lost hands and we all will live with respect in the society and not in poverty.”
Along with Blossom Bus to college, there is a growing need for Blossom Bus to high school.
In 2009 there was one lone Muslim girl in all the village schools of Mewat! It is extremely encouraging that since then, six Muslim girls have joined the Blossom Bus program. These six girls are from the village of Sapanki and are currently in high school. Blossom Bus was initiated by the Head teacher of Aharwan School who contacted Blossom Bus on behalf of the girls after being approached by their parents. In the past years, it has been students that have urged the schools to implement Blossom Bus. We are delighted to state that now we are receiving requests from parents and teachers! A few years ago, these parents would have never thought of sending their teenage daughters out of village for even the smallest of errands. With this increase of need, we have been serving more villages and extending our services to more students.
The girls and their parents are very excited to be able to continue their studies and are expecting to complete high-school with the help of Blossom Bus.
On behalf of both the Blossom Bus to High School program and the Blossom Bus to College program, the students are forever grateful for your generosity. As you can tell, they show great promise for the future.
The father of Rakee and Raveena
The head teacher with Blossom Bus students