It’s a hard 90-minute walk to reach Ramesh’s house in the tiny village of Bhadas Konda, situated on the hill top of Mulshi valley. There are only 25 families living there and even basics like electricity and drinking water are a far-fetched dream. The village does not even provide education after 4thstd. In order to continue his education, Ramesh moved to a rural hostel and finished school. It was from friends in the hostel that Ramesh learned about Akshara and the fun activities they organised. He says that thanks to Akshara, he also learned to be less shy about talking to girls and to interact with them naturally.
Ramesh has now completed his Foundation IB course in MUWCI and is studying at UWC Costa Rica. He is one of the brightest students of Akshara. He just sent his grade to us showing an average of 5.4 in the second term of the first year of the IB diploma.
In Akshara, I started expressing myself. I started asking questions. For example, in Asade village where we used to work for the sanitation project, I never understood why the villagers themselves didn’t keep their place clean. But then I realised that if you want to bring about change, then you have to change first. Earlier, my father used to drink a lot but now he does not. My parents would never let me work after I got into UWC. But I made my stand clear and helped with housework. My younger brother had stopped going to school but now he attends school regularly.