How one woman is transforming lives of one of India's poorest communities through education  

Published on May 03, 2022

Show Creator

Deepak

This is the story of Sudha Varghese, an extraordinary woman working with the poorest of the poor communities in Bihar, one of India's least developed states with poor human development indices. Awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award in 2006, she has selflessly spent decades among the lowest caste in Bihar, where the pernicious caste system continues to have a stranglehold on local village society. Musahar, literally translated as rat-eaters, is a Dalit community found in the eastern Gangetic plain and are associated with their earlier occupation of catching rats. The community is still forced to continue this work due to destitution and poverty. In 1987, Sister Sudha launched Nari Gunjan, a non-profit organisation helping Dalit women become aware of and access their rights. In 2005 she established an all-girls' residential school named Prerna on the outskirts of Danapur, Patna. It was designed to pull girls out of farm labour, ensuring that they receive an education. Impressed, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked her to open a second branch in Gaya. Currently, the 3,000 students enrolled in both schools are first-generation learners. In addition, her non-profit also enabled young village girls and boys from the community to excel in sports, music, dance and art, as a result of which they have performed across different competitions in India and abroad.

5 Categories

Pluc StoriesLatestFeaturedEducationCulture

Latest Episodes

Watch the latest episodes from the Series

A superhero for forests

By #letmebreathe

D23 expo 2022, the ultimate Disney Fan event, Marvel announced the cast of Captain America: New World Order!

By Payel Sen

A few surprises, a few standout speeches, a few firsts- the 74th Emmy awards

By Evelyn Bombley

Related Episodes

Related episodes we think you’ll like
Published on May 07, 2022
Decoding NFTs, the scams and the beauty of blockchain

Dipanshu Parashar

Published on May 06, 2022
This is my journey of how I started creating stories on girl education

Puneeta

Published on May 06, 2022
An Archive to Change the Future

Payel Sen

Published on May 06, 2022
Backpacking Indian Mama

Payel Sen

Published on May 06, 2022
Unravelling Cities through Repetitive Images

Vamika Jain

Published on May 06, 2022
Spreading the idea of sustainability through low-waste DIY hacks

Megha Pandey

Published on May 03, 2022
How one woman is transforming lives of one of India's poorest communities through education  

Deepak Anand

Published on Apr 29, 2022
Pink City goes Green and Clean

Rohit Agarwal

Shows

Related shows we think you’ll like