Girls Belong in the Classroom

In Kolkata, amidst the challenges and struggles of many families, the Cathedral Relief Service lies as a beacon of hope. Within its folds, young minds like Amaira find not just education but a pathway to a brighter future. Amaira’s story is a testament to the transformative power of education and community support.

At just four years old, Amaira* has already faced the harsh reality of losing her father. Raised by her mother and grandmother, Amaira’s journey was pivotal when she became a student at one of the Cathedral Relief-supported schools. Here, she found not only education but also an encouraging environment.

Amaira loves coming to the centre where she has the chance to learn, play, and make friends. She rarely misses a day and is always eager to be a helper, both to the teachers and the other children. Amaira’s mother knows that the centre provides a safe space where her little girl can begin her school journey.

Cathedral Relief Service believes every girl deserves a chance to go to school and pursue her dreams. They run schools in the informal settlements of Kolkata, where they enrol girls who would otherwise miss out on education.

They also work with their families to overcome their reluctance to send their girls to school.

Amaira’s story is just one among many, illustrating the profound impact of the Cathedral Relief Service on the lives of vulnerable children across India. Education, empowerment, and community support pave the way for a brighter, more hopeful future, not just for individuals like Amaira but for entire communities.

*Name has been changed