Life gave Saloni a rough start. Her father walked away when she was still in her mother’s womb. A few months after she was born, her mother took her own life, leaving Saloni and her brothers orphaned.
She and her brothers are now under the care of her Uncle, Ninnva, who does all he can to provide for the children. Ninnva works as a security guard in a shoe factory near his house.
Despite all his efforts, Ninnva could not afford to provide for the education of all four children because of which two of Saloni’s elder brothers dropped out of a government school in the 8th grade.
But 6-year-old Saloni is a fighter. Studying has not only been her aspiration, it has been her favourite hobby. She was 5 years old when she voluntarily went to the education centre and learnt the English alphabets, numbers, a few stories and poems.
“Despite being underage, she came to the Remedial Education Centre in the community every week consistently and learnt what children aged 6 and above were being taught,” says Poonam, a World Vision India volunteer.
Saloni’s dream, wish and desire came true through an intervention by World Vision India’s Citizen Voice and Action* (CVA) group working in this community.
Jeetendra, a World Vision India volunteer figured that 25% seats are reserved for poor children in private schools under the (Right to Education) RTE Act 2009. Jeetendra tirelessly followed up with an education centre to help Saloni enroll in school and live her dreams. She didn’t even have a birth certificate but Jeetendra took it on himself to apply and obtain all necessary documents for Saloni.
And after months of waiting, Saloni’s name finally appeared in the list of children enrolled in private schools. Saloni now studies in an English medium private school in Agra. “My desire is that she studies as much as possible and achieves great heights,” says Ninnva.
It is certainly a dream come true for six-year-old Saloni who wants to become a police officer. “I watched a video about a police officer in the education centre and ever since I want to become one”, she says.
A Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) group is formed in each community to empower and enable community members to access their rights and provisions availed by the government for their sustainable development.
God bless u.
Very inspiring story. May God bless Saloni and she achieves great height and success that she has wished for.
May God bless Saloni.
Can I take her sponsorship.
Hi Kishorkumar, thanks for coming forward to sponsor Saloni. Saloni is already supported through World Vision India. However, there are many children like her waiting for support from someone like you. Would you like to sponsor another child in need, instead of Saloni? Log on to http://bit.ly/selectachild and select a child to sponsor. Or write to us at email@example.com and we will assign a child to you. Thanks again.
Wish Saloni a bright future
Hats off to her spirit and to World Vision for all efforts. I believe that we all collectively have a moral responsibility to uplift the hurdles from the lives of deprived children. There can not be a greater solace than that.
Saloni is really an adorable child, with a dream and a vision in life. World Vision has done a commendable job in circumventing the several hurdles that lay in her path to success. I would like to be her sponsor if she doesn’t have one already.
Hi Sunil, thanks for coming forward to sponsor Saloni. Saloni is already supported through World Vision India. However, there are many children like her waiting for support from someone like you. Would you like to sponsor another child in need, instead of Saloni? Log on to http://bit.ly/selectachild and select a child to sponsor. Or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assign a child to you. Thanks again.
God Bless the uncle Ninnva too, he has a noble heart. Are Saloni’s brothers sponsored ?
Hi Lovina, thanks for your concern. When a child is supported through World Vision India, we ensure support to the child’s siblings, family and the whole community in best ways possible.
In case you would like to sponsor a child in need, please log on to http://bit.ly/selectachild and select a child to sponsor.