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Meet Annaya

The school year is more than halfway through! We’d like to introduce a student whose life is being transformed by your compassion and kindness.


Annaya, pictured above, is a student in one of our classes. She loves to learn, and is very grateful that she finally has the opportunity!

As a young girl, Annaya’s heart was broken. She had a passion for learning, but her parents said that education is not for girls. Despite her opposition and resistance, Annaya was married by her parents at the age of 15.

Ten years later, now 25 years old, Annaya has four children and struggles with health problems due to teenage pregnancies.

Annaya’s husband Shreyas has a job, but he abused liquor which left insufficient funds to care for the children. Concerned, Annaya took a job as a maid but still did not have enough to provide for the family.

One evening, walking home from work, Anna encountered one of our teachers named Zara who invited her to the class meeting in Annaya’s village for 2 hours each week night. Annaya was excited for the opportunity to learn! She pleaded with Shreyas to let her attend, and she was able to join the class.

Each day, Annaya sets her house in order before leaving to go to class. Happily, she has begun to read, write and do simple arithmetic. Now Annaya can read signs, and she knows the correct change she should receive in the marketplace. Shreyas has also stopped abusing alcohol, lifting a burden from the family.

The benefits from the classes extend well beyond the school year! Increased family incomes help prevent trafficking, child marriages and child labor, and make it possible for impoverished families to educate their children. Lives are being transformed. Annaya is just one of the many students in our classes. Thank you for your support for her, and for all of these precious women and girls!

With gratitude,
Your friends at Sister India

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