Mallu was mainstreamed to Sulawad KGBV (Kastur ba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya) after nine months of the RSTC’s quality coaching and she completed her 8th standard successfully in 2016. She then joined 9th standard at Mandav Government High School and is currently awaiting her results.
Mallu Dawar’s Story
Mallu Dawar belongs to Kannadiawar Village, Mandav Municipality, Nalchha Block, Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh. She has four older siblings and both her parents are daily wage labourers, living an arduous, hand-to-mouth existence. The entire family used to migrate from place to place in search of work to make ends meet. Previously all of them used to work at a brick kiln located in Ranamandal, Indore. Mallu Dawar had never been to school in her life until fate had other, better plans.
Kannadiawar Village was shortlisted for HiH India’s new project on education, selected on the basis geographical remoteness, poverty, backwardness of the communities and related criteria. When Mallu’s never-enrolled status came into the light during Hand in Hand India’s Baseline Assessment Survey – an exhaustive exercise that includes a door-to-door detailled survey covering the entire village – the mobiliser-cum-surveyor interacted with her parents and convinced them enrol Mallu into the Umarpura RSTC. Their initial trepidation to enrolling a girl child into a residential setup soon metamorphosed into trust as the mobiliser kept meeting the family and encouraging them, until they consented.