She is a woman of resilience and a mother of eight children, six of them girls. Her husband is blind and now bedridden. Not that he was of much help when he was healthy. Besides being subjected to his abuse after his bouts of drinks, she had to worry about the education of her children.
An illiterate person herself, she did not want her children to go her way. She worked in a garment factory for Rs 6,000 a month and made sure that her children remained in schools.
Her efforts are paying off. Three of her children were school toppers in Class 10 board exams in a Begur English Medium School. Of course, she could not afford to teach them after their 10 and therefore, she married off two children.
Her other six children too are studying quite well scoring over 80% mark. Even though she struggled to pay the fees of all her children, she says she just can’t give up on education as she finds it the only route for a bright future for her children, especially her girl children.
Meet Mrs Rekha from Bihar, a proud mother, positive thinker and an advocate of the power of education. BRIDGE is happy to present her the ACT Fibernet BRIDGE Resilience Award.