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There are many struggles each individual has to undergo and in order to realise our dreams and goals, it is a must we go through these. In a way, these struggles help us achieve our goals in life.
Honestly, being born as a prostitute's daughter was never an easy task for little Ashwini who made the world realise as to what life's struggle is all about and with all these things, getting selected by the New York University for a scholarship is not an easy task.
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This is what Ashwini has narrated to the world about how she has overcome all the struggle she has been facing at such a young age.
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Read her story below and your kind donation would help her reach her goal, which is still a long way to go!
Her Life Has Been A Struggle All Throughout...
"I've been running my whole life. When I was 5, I ran away from my mother who was a sex worker. She would beat me up black and blue for something as trivial as losing her lipstick."
Details Of Her Childhood…
"One of my earliest memories of her, is when I was playing hide and seek with my friends in a building and by mistake I pushed a row of bikes parked at the back and they all collapsed. The watchman locked us in the building and went to complain to our mothers, and then I saw my mother running towards me with a broom in her hand, screaming...I was so scared, I ran away as fast as I could."
The Time She Was Sent To An NGO...
"At 8, she finally sent me to an NGO shelter home where I spent many years running from the teacher's beatings. It was a Christian hostel; and if we didn't follow even one of their rules, we would be beaten and starved for days. My mother passed away during this time, so I took this abuse for 10 years because I didn't have any other place to go."
When She Decided To Run Away!
"A few of my friends however managed to run away to a place called Kranti, which looks after girls like me...they told me of a better life and encouraged me to follow them. I finally took the brave step of running away to them and that's when my life changed."
When She Started Learning New Things...
"At Kranti, I had therapy every week and learned about art, dance, and other forms of therapy. After I learned all these things, I started volunteering to help other kids."
Volunteered For Art Activities...
"My favourite activity is volunteering at the Tata Memorial Hospital, where I bring art activities for children who are waiting for cancer treatment. Together, we do art projects that help the kids to express their fears, their problems and hopes. For the last two years, I traveled all of India, learning theatre in West Bengal, attending photography class in Himachal, volunteering with NGOs in Gujarat, and working with Dalit communities in Delhi."
What She Really Wanted...
"My experiences convinced me that I wanted to be an art therapist and spend my life helping others who found it difficult to express."
And Finally, This Is What She Wants To Achieve...
"I applied to the New York University and got in with a big scholarship-my entire tuition is covered! For me, this was the biggest validation-that I could get into a college of my dreams, study what I love and make a difference all while the police is still running after me to drag me back to the hostel I ran away from. But I'm finally stopping to run. I'm finally finding peace and stillness within me and the hope of a better tomorrow...the hope of a second chance to live a different life and to finally just...be."
If You Wish To Help Ashwini, This Is How You Could Contribute.
Though Ashwini has managed to get a scholarship at the New York University, it covers her entire tuition but not her room, boarding and day-to-day expenses. Together, we can help her get a second chance by contributing to her college fund.
Please consider donating here: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/helpashwini