April 23, 2015. 5:35pm. Another email pinged in my already overloaded inbox. But this one had me staring intently at it for a full minute, then tears welling in my eyes, and finally hugging teammate Geetika and both of us jumping for joy in the office.
First of all, she had to quit school after her father passed away to help her mother raise her younger siblings. That required strength and maturity. Then she opened own business – a small grocery store in their home – when she was only 19!
When Animesh first started volunteering with Aidha, he wasn’t sure how the students would respond to having a male mentor. “It was a bit challenging in the beginning as I didn’t know if students would be comfortable speaking up right away,” he explained.