My name is Varsha and I am a Junior at Jesuit High School. I have been part of REAL for three years. I heard about REAL through my sister and was very inspired by the mission of this organization. I have traveled to India multiple times and see first-hand what the lack of literacy in rural villages is doing to the communities. REAL gave me an opportunity to help the people in rural villages get a better education so they can improve their way of life. It is vital for any individual wanting to make a change in the world to have a good education, and with the literacy rate in India at an all-time low, it is becoming harder and harder for people to gain access to good education. REAL helps fund schools so more students can be literate and are able to fulfill their dreams, whatever they may be. I volunteer for REAL so I can make a change in these students’ lives in hopes that one day they will be able to make a change in the world.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Renuka Gupta from Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) here in Portland. I speak for all of us when I say that it was very inspiring to hear about the work that is being done at PPES, one girl at a time, by the dedicated staff and volunteers at PPES.
I’d like to thank all of you for taking time to meet Renuka (youth board members and parents in the afternoon, and board members, loyal supporters and parents in the evening). A special heartfelt thanks goes to Rupa and Nitin for hosting us for in the evening (Kimaya, you were there in spirit with us!) and to Jyothi for preparing a delicious Friday lunch.
On Saturday Renuka went to the bay area where Rohisha introduced Renuka to Karl Mehta at Stanford at an event called The India Hackathon.
We loved having you….we felt the warmth of your work, similar to the Olympic Torch as it travels from place to place, connecting us all to the mission of Education for All.
Looking forward our next visit at the school.