You can be anything

Veena
Posted September 14, 2019 from India

12 year old Shreya, my granddaughter, living in the  US was very excited when she heard about the Barbie dolls theme of Bridge the Dream Gap where girls are encouraged to fulfill their dreams of becoming pilots, space people, engineers etc which is discouraged saying that these are boys aspirations. In India a theme called ‘Beti Padao beti bachao’ meaning save the girl child and educate her, exists. Shreya wrote to senior members of the company that she wanted to help and that she was coming to India where her grandparents help in running an English medium school in a rural place. The school started 12 years ago with just 8 students and now there are 540coming from six villages around. The first two batches who appeared for the board exams passed with good marks. The company advised her to run an essay contest where the students could write on the theme. The response was excellent and 25 girls received barbie dolls at Shreya’s hands. She had helped spread the idea that girls can become anything. That all their dreams can come true .

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Anita Shrestha
Sep 14
Sep 14

Good story. That is great work. Keep it continue.

Lisbeth
Sep 15
Sep 15

Thanks for sharing us the dream of a grand daughter. Has she persued her dreamt? And is she now the pilot she wanted to be?
Amazing and have a great weekend.

Hannah B
Sep 15
Sep 15

Dear Veena,
Thank you for sharing the story of Shreya's success!
I love that she wanted to contribute to the lives of the students in your school. Do you have any photos you could share of her experience?
Kind regards,
Hannah

ANJ ANA
Sep 16
Sep 16

Dear Veena,
So good to know that the progress of the programme Beti Padao Beti Bachao and its already 540 girls from six villages. Wish you a very best for increasing the numebr of girls.
warm regards, anjana

Jill Langhus
Sep 16
Sep 16

Hi Veena,

Welcome back, dear:-) I just saw that this morning, too. I'm excited, as well. I wish those Barbies were around when I was young! What a great initiative. Thanks for sharing!

Hope you're having a great Monday.

Nabila Abbas
Sep 18
Sep 18

hi sister,
what a beautiful introduction :)

Hello, Veena,

It's truly inspiring how girls like Shreya envision a better future and work towards it. Thank you for sharing your granddaughter's story.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dear Verena,
What a great story of the changes that are now in place starting with your granddaughter. What a strong reminder of how even at 12 a girl can spread her wings as a great instigator and leader.

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hello Veena thanks for encouraging our girls. Indeed they can be anything they want to be.

Beth Lacey
Sep 27
Sep 27

This is such an uplifting story!