WEP announces the WEP Story Project, an online platform for volunteers and WEP students to have meaningful conversations to share aspirations, inspirations, anecdotes, life stories and laughter.
Our first is brought to you by Danielle Fazzolari, Director of Strategic Projects and Nagaveni (left) a WEP – Aarti Home student.
Kadapa, India / New York, US. 4/26/2017 4:30pm IST / 7am EST.
Danielle: Nagaveni! Good morning! I am so excited to “meet” you!!! … Did I tell you that two years ago, I cycled around North India for six weeks?
Nagaveni: Cycled?? And your legs are still ok now? (lots of laughter) …
Danielle: Ha ha! Yes, maybe still a little sore! … I want to learn about your Aarti Home? What is it like?
Nagaveni: It is a peaceful place in mountains and hills. I am a housemother and live in a cottage with 15 children – including the youngest Vannella (right). We start our morning at 5AM.
Danielle: 5:00AM? It is 7:00AM in the US now and I am so sleepy! What is the secret to waking up so early??
Nagaveni: Drink lots of water!! … So then, we do our chores, and then walk the kids to the school bus. It’s not hard because I love this work – we are happy!
Coming to the Aarti Home was the best thing that happened to me. I came here at seven and went to school for the first time. I was terrified on my first day, mainly of Maths! But all the kids were welcoming. My best friend lives at Aarti. She is now a pre-school teacher.
In 2015, I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science. I still do the WEP program daily … for I am a Leader program we go to our local village and I speak to girls about menstrual health and try to change their mindset about aborting unwanted girl babies. After this experience, I want to get a Master’s in Social Work. I want to help everyone, all ages, all castes.
Danielle: What advice would you give to a peer?
Nagaveni: Education is the most important thing in the world. I would bring them to Aarti Home, they could go to school here.
Danielle: Good night Nagaveni, speak to you next week!
Nagaveni: Have a good day! (Followed by lots of waves and smiles and goodbyes!)