In one of the newly reopened schools sits a young woman and her son. Hearing that we were making portraits of the students, other villagers stopped by hoping to have their pictures made. This is one such example.
Now in their sixth month, the schools are thriving. My friends have visited each one of them and have shared stories of inspiration with me. Having lost their positions four years ago, the very same teachers from four years ago have taken up the challenge and recruited dropout girls and others without access to education.
Humana People to People India has provided them with a detailed curriculum, study materials, field trips, a support system and so much more. Girls having never left their village now have a chance to attend a cultural event, see girls just like them from other villages and even go to the state capital of Jaipur. I am proud to be a part of this effort, and will revisit the villages in ten months or so.