Jeevan

Jeevan

Jeevan Siddi is a 20-year-old musical prodigy from Mainalli, a small village in Karnataka, India. Jeevan is Siddi, which is an ethnic group in India that descends from Africa, and he is one of the few individuals in India with the ability to play a traditional Siddi...
Yakhob

Yakhob

Despite Yakhob’s interest in math and science and his passion for learning, he faced many financial challenges which were augmented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though his father had abandoned their family from a young age, Yakhob’s mother persevered by working as a...
Smitha

Smitha

Smitha is an exceptional student, who has been able to overcome significant financial struggles and is now working towards finishing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mangalore University, and hopes to attend graduate school to achieve her Ph.D .   Growing up,...
Rubika

Rubika

Growing up in Chennai, a city in Tamil State in India, Rubika and her brother were unable to afford attending school despite their father’s efforts to pay. After her grandmother fell ill, her father’s $80/month income as a food vendor proved to be insufficient and her...
Naresh

Naresh

When Naresh was fourteen and a sophomore in high school, he was at risk of expulsion from school due to his family’s inability to pay the fees. Despite his father’s efforts to pay the costs incurred, his job as a food vendor making equivalent of $80/month was not...