Tejaswini is doing her B.com from Vikas College. She joined VIDYA in 7th standard. Her mother is a domestic helper and her father is a watchman. She has a brother and a sister. She did her schooling till 7th standard in the BMC school Mumbai. She learnt about VIDYA from her cousin.
After her 10th, she joined the Youth Forum and continued her studies. Joining VIDYA was the decision that has changed her life. After working very hard, her parents could only make both ends meet and couldn’t have afforded to get her educated any further. She never got bored of studies in VIDYA and she enjoyed her classes.
She got to learn something new each day. VIDYA has helped her grow as a person. The Youth Forum has taught her how to speak, give interviews, explore the outside world etc. VIDYA has helped her not only in academics but also in the field of Sports. She got to learn sports through the weekly sports classes that were held. She has also made tons of friends and memories. She says that teachers here have helped her overcome her fear of maths and Spoken English along with other subjects. She says that she would never lose touch with VIDYA and would come back here always. She is also one of the scholarship recipients from VIDYA which helped her to pay her fees and to continue her education.
She took inspiration from one of the sessions at Youth forum on World’s Toilet Day. Her whole community uses the public bathroom which is in bad condition. She with the help of her siblings made her parents build a separate toilet for her family. Although it took up space at home, they said it feels good that they have their own toilet and girls feel safe.