Kanjan’s story: working her way back after eight years
Kanjan is the youngest in a family of four siblings, parents and grandmother. Her father is a daily labourer. Kanjan had to leave school in the eighth grade when her mother lost her memory due to an electric shock and her father could not manage the family alone. Kanjan’s older brother also gave up school to find employment.
“Even one rupee, if I could earn, would be important and could add to support the family,” Kanjan said. She started work as a house maid. However, her determination to study and learn did not leave her.
When World Vision started coaching centres for school drop-out children, staff contacted Kanjan’s family and motivated her father to allow Kanjan to continue her studies without having to give up work. She had been out of school for eight years. With her mother recovering, Kanjan found that it was her time to get back to study.
Kanjan worked from 9am to 1pm and then attended coaching sessions to learn the school subjects. Through this coaching she was able to prepare herself to sit for government exams as a private candidate. Due to her determination and enthusiasm, Kanjan passed the 10th grade exam with a first-class mark.
When I met her, she was studying 12th grade English, mathematics and science with three hours of coaching a day.
Kanjan now dreams of going to college, becoming a teacher and studying further in the future.