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Raviya: An Emerging Role Model for many girls of her village

Raviya, 19 yrs, belongs to a middle class family of Village Adampur of Block Bari of Dist. Dholpur. Her father Laxmi Narayan Lodhi is a farmer and mother Kanta is a housewife. She has 4 siblings (3 brothers) and she is younger to all.

Before joining Pankh project, her thinking was also like any other girl of her village as she would be studying till her family would be supporting her study and then get married and look after her family as her marriage was fixed. Then she joined Pankh in 2016 and also got an opportunity to work with adolescent girls and mobilized 70 adolescent girls in 3 groups. She facilitated GEA sessions as well as the sports sessions in her village and also got opportunity to attend many training programs during the project, then she started thinking about her life. She started coming out of her house for GEA and Sport sessions and also getting confidence to facilitate and work with the girls of her age. She had never come out from her village alone, but started coming to Dholpur for attending training and meetings, it also boosted her confidence. She became a role model for many girls of her village. Then she also realized that she was not ready for the marriage and wanted to study further, so she convinced her parents to support her for the same and they also got convinced and supported her to study further.

Then she started motivating girls to play Kabaddi for coming out of their houses and getting their dreams. In her mentorship, Kabaddi team of her village, won the first title of District Level Kabaddi Tournament in 2017 and she was felicitated by the Sarpanch and other community members for her efforts. She also worked with women leaders and attended VO as well as community meetings in her village and shared the information as well as discuss the issues and challenges of girls at this platform. She also got a chance to share her learning and experience of being a part of the project with other stakeholders and Govt. officials during dissemination workshop in Jaipur. She shared that it’s her first ever visit to Jaipur as well as out of Dholpur and she was feeling like at the top of the world.

Being a part of the project, she could learn so many new things and her perspective towards life also got changed as she felt confident enough for negotiating her parents to delay her marriage and study further. Currently she is pursuing her B.A. from Dholpur and also motivating other girls of her village to study further.

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