It’s been a year since 16 year old Priyanka Kumar moved into the Madhu & Rajkumar Nigam AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Kusumbhi, Uttar Pradesh and the changes in her overall personality are already evident. “I have learnt the importance of time management and the importance of respecting and maintaining our culture and traditions,” she says.
Priyanka came in touch with Swamini Tattvajnanananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of our Chatralayams in Lucknow and Kusumbhi during her padayatra (journey by foot) in Priyanka’s village Kutiya in Garhwa district in Jharkhand.
Young Priyanka was keen to explore the world and decided to join our Chatralayam in Kusumbhi, Uttar Pradesh. “Initially, my parents were reluctant to send me off to a hostel but they relented after much persuasion,” she recalls.
Her persuasion seems to have paid off. Priyanka is more focussed now when it comes to academics. “Back home, the daily school commute was a three-hour trek each way. And when I came back, I got busy with various household chores.” Priyanka wants to become a teacher when she grows up.