But Sheetal was lucky.
Her mother stood by her. With the support of Gram Swaraj Sanghs (GSS), she battled local prejudices and helped her daughter to finish school. Having passed Grade 10 today, Sheetal is a confident and independent girl.
Now Sheetal dreams of being a nurse.
CRY-supported project, Gram Swaraj Sanghs (GSS) approach is to create awareness within the community through childrens fairs and street theatre about their rights to education, health care and basic infrastructure, in a lively and spontaneous way. GSS works across 164 villages in the Kutch area of Gujarat.
Today, girls like Sheetal can rekindle their hopes and chase their dreams because of your support.