ulekha, wife of Mohammad Matujha hails from a very small village, Sitapur of Bihar. Her husband worked as a daily wager in the village but due to non-availability of enough work to raise the family, her family shifted to Karkar in 2009 in search of a better livelihood. After her husband bagged a job at a factory, the family took a sigh of relief and started their new life in Karkar but the income was not adequate to send her daughters to school. Furthermore, due to the unavailability of formal identification documents, the children could not join any school here.
Julekha says, getting her children into a school never occurred to her in the first place. It was the neighbours’ children going to school daily, which prompted her to enquire about the nearby school. On asking the neighbour, she was directed towards the AWC, and that has been the best decision after coming to Karkar, Julekha admitted.