Started in 2000, Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) has been improving the lives of rural girls in Uttar Pradesh – one of the least developed states in India. It is doing that by providing free education, meals and training in vocational courses to girls from the villages of Anupshahr. The NGO also stipulates a condition on the girls that if they finish class XII, they will go home richer with Rs 30,000 (approximately $650) which acts as a big incentive for many of them to complete studies.
I chose PPES because I was aware of their sterling work, but had never visited the organisation. I also knew that the region PPES works in is steeped in poverty with people still following a medieval line of thinking, particularly in dealing with their women. The NGO hopes to break the cycle of poverty in the region by making the girls confident and strengthening them financially and through education.
It was my first-ever visit to PPES and I plan to use the photographs on this interesting initiative in a big way. I know that my work with PPES is not done yet and I plan to visit them once again. It also might be a bit early in the day to say that I have benefitted PPES but I plan to work with the school in some way by either teaching photography or maybe teaching English to the students.