Rani at her junior college

"I have a thirst for education": Fifty million girls in the world are not in school. One of them, Rani, went to one of the internet cafes that are widely available in the developing world, began a search, and found the website of Compassion Beyond Borders. ďI am not wants to stop my study. I need $400 for college fees, books, meterials, so I request you please do financial support my further studiesĒ she wrote to CBB. "I am just a common girl, but I have a thirst for education." She is Rani from India.

Compassion Beyond Borders gave Rani a scholarship to attend the junior college shown here. Raniís father earns $1.15 a day as a day laborer, when work is available, with which he supports a family of four. Rani too worked in the fields to earn money to buy her high school books, and her mother also works during the peak agricultural season.

Rani's mother prepares the noon meal

Raniís mother prepares the noon meal. There is no kitchen table, so she cooks from the floor. The family eats one full meal a day--rice with curry. Breakfast and supper are usually rice only, but sometimes also curd or bread. Rice is inexpensive for a poor family, about two cents a pound at the government ration shops. It is white rice, not whole grain, and thus lacks nutrition.

Raniís family gets enough calories, but little of the nutrition that they need for good health. As a result, they are frequently sick, often with potentially serious diseases. When Raniís father is home ill, there is no income for the family that day--and nothing to eat but rice. Medicines are not expensive in India, but the family has little money with which to buy them.

Studying at home

ďI would like to become a teacher. My ambition is to give education to people who are suffering from poverty like me,Ē Rani wrote to Compassion Beyond Borders. Rani wants to teach Hindi, the most common language of India, although not the language where she lives.

Raniís scholarship enabled her to resume her study of Hindi, which had been interrupted for lack of money. She passed her final Hindi examination, and was qualified to begin teacher training to teach Hindi in a public school.

During her academic breaks Rani studied computers and English, also funded by CBB. She is a diligent student, taking her studies very seriously. For her, educational achievement is the path out of the poverty she has lived in all her life.

Rani in her uniform as a university student

Rani completed two years of teacher training at her junior college and began another two years of university studies in education. She chose a university close to her home to avoid the cost of living in a dormitory, commuting by bus half an hour each way. Here she is shown in her university uniform, similar to the dress of an adult woman in India.

Rani is now completing her university studies and is graduating with a degree in education. Thanks to her search of the internet which found Compassion Beyond Borders, Rani is achieving her dream in life.