“The attendance of children attending classes has tripled since Nand Ghar came up in the village.”
SUTHARON KI DHANI
If ever there is an instance of the Nand Ghar having a telling, tangible, positive effect on a community, it is the Nand Ghar at Badka, in Sutharon Ki Dhani.
From 2013 onwards, the Anganwadi was run from a small room in the home of Ganga Devi, who is all of 25 years. The number of children attending the Nand Ghar, she says, has tripled, and she commends the government in partnering with Vedanta in building the Nand Ghar that stands like a shining beacon in a stretch of desolate and barren sand.
Ganga Devi, in comparison to most of the other Anganwadi workers in Barmer, has had a privileged background. Her father was an employee of the local electricity board in Barmer. Her two brothers are both gainfully employed, one in a bank and the other in a private school as a teacher as he pursues his B Sc. Ganga, after her marriage 7 years ago is now pursuing her MA. And yet even in this family, her elder sister somehow found herself not going to school after passing her 5th standard.
While rural India has witnessed a transformation in increased awareness of the evils of child marriage and the importance of educating girls on par with boys, remnants of the old order continue to rear its mane.