The amazing journey of Roshanara Khan, 20, will make you feel proud. A second-year student in Jamia Millia Islamia— the first in her family to study in a college — the 20-year-old Khan is all ready to raise funds an education programme for girls by NGO Room to Read in New York and Washington DC on May 11 and 15.
This is something that she won’t be doing for the first time as earlier she had done in the UK and Zurich, Switzerland. Khan was not born with a silver spoon and her inspirational journey is full of struggle. A daughter of a rickshaw-puller, despite growing up in a household of eight people, she continued her education to reach this point.
According to TOI report, for days the girl had nothing to eat and then her marriage was planned at a tender age of 13. “I asked my mother if she too wanted me to be physically weak like her because she too was married off at a very young age. And what if my husband didn’t earn enough? Then I said if I study, I would be able to help the family financially,” Khan said as reported by TOI.
Anyhow the marriage didn’t take place and she got an opportunity to study in a government school and life changed for her after she found Room to Read.
“We concentrate our efforts during a girl’s transition into secondary school in Class VI and VII when she has a high risk of dropping out,” said Sourav Banerjee, country director of Room to Read.
And the last seven years that saw ups and downs changed her life for good as she is all set to represent India in the US to raise funds.
Her story is an inspirational one and there is lesson for many that where there is will there is way, said Jamia alumnus Naseem-U-Rahman.
CAPTION: Roshanara Khan (photo credit TOI)