Nine year old Bheekha (pictured on the right) lives in Ugras village, Jodhpur District, Rajasthan, India.
During the past year, the lives of Bheekha and her family have been transformed.
One year ago, she would spend her days helping her mother Jasu and sister to collect water for their family. As a result, she was not able to go to school.
Today, Bheekha’s family has clean water thanks to their brand new taanka (rainwater harvesting tank) and biosand filter. Jasu has planted fruits and vegetables next to the family taanka for nutrition. In addition, Jasu is cultivating fruits and vegetables on her farmland for income. A new Khadin (farming dyke) has enabled Jasu to double her millet production and income.
Now that she has more time; Bheekha is going to school on a daily basis. She has received a bicycle, school supplies and tuition for one year.
Bheekha’s family is now drinking clean water and eating fruits and vegetables. The family is more optimistic about their future. Bheekha is very happy to be in school and is planning to join the Rajasthan Police after completing her studies.
Jasu is very supportive of Bheekha’s education and will happily shoulder her school expenses going forward.
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