We can do it!

The burden of the household chores, procuring water from nearby water sources, collecting wood from the jungles and collecting fodder for the animals falls on the tender shoulders of the young girls of the family, in Mewat. They are sent to the madarsas for a short period of a time, but then pulled out to take care of siblings and lend a hand in the household work. They have no opportunity to read, write or play. SMART launched the n education cum vocational training program under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan program of the government of India. At one point of time SMART had enrolled over 2000 young girls in the age group of 10-14 years. It was heartening to see them solve problems of Math, read English and enjoy their time in the center. From carom board to simple puzzles, stapo to badminton, for the first time, these young girls were given a chance to laugh and play. They were given vocational skills in sewing, embroidery, handicrafts, weaving, knitting and pickle making. For many of them this was the best time of their life.