Thank you to The BodyShop

Dear Friends,

Bodyshop1We are pleased to share with you that our friend dscn0411-300x300and supporting organization, The Body Shop has again donated generously towards our cause. This time they have sponsored the books and note books for our 1300+ school girls for this whole year.

We really appreciate their support. The girls were overjoyed to see their new textbooks and notebooks.

At Food for Life Vrindavan, our goal is to make sure that no girl child in Vrindavan remains illiterate. The Body Shop has been a very important pillar of support for our organization. With their generous donation our 1300+ girls will receive books for an entire year.

It is noteworthy that in the year 2014, The Body Shop India sponsored the education for 100 girls for an entire year. They have been very active in this field and organized programs to spread awareness on the importance of girl education. Our  girls also participated in these programs. We hope that this partnership will always continue to blossom and empower more and more girls through education.

Our Brave Neetu

Neetu at the time of admission

Neetu at the time of admission

From a small tree, a mighty trunk may grow- Aeschylus

We take pride to share this story with you of a girl who joined us when she was but a little bud. Over the years she grew in the courtyard of our school. Little did we realize that this flower would blossom so beautifully…

“Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that’s courage”

Neetu stated this very well in the incident below.

Neetu (16 yrs) was returning home in the evening, from her food distribution service at school. She was riding her bicycle when she noticed that a young lady (who was an expat) was being followed and harassed by an auto rickshaw driver.

Neetu at Free Meal Distribution

Neetu at Evening Meal Distribution

The road was lonely and suddenly the man pulled that lady into his vehicle and rode off. The lady was panicking and asking the man to stop and let her get down. Neetu could just not stand there and watch. Seeing no one around to turn to, she followed that rickshaw on her bicycle and saw that the rickshaw had pulled over at a very lonely place. Neetu didn’t wait for anything; Her hands were shaking but she mustered up all her courage, picked up a big stick and struck the driver from behind. The driver shocked and in pain, hurled abuses at her, but Neetu didn’t care. She took the lady by her hand and asked her to sit behind her on her bicycle and off she went.

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Neetu being awarded for her bravery

She dropped the lady in a safer area. Teary eyed and grateful, that lady offered Neetu her silver bangles as a token of appreciation, but she refused. The whole situation was so overwhelming that no names were exchanged. It was a gesture of care from one girl to another.

The next day she shared this incident with her friends and teachers. We informed the principals who awarded her for her bravery in front of the whole school. She shared the incident with other girls who felt really inspired hearing this. Neetu made us so proud and we thought of sharing this incident with you all who are contributing towards the education and grooming of many these Neetus in our school.

About Neetu and her family:

In her family, her father was born in Agra and is currently an unemployed carpenter. Her mother was born near Kolkata, West Bengal. They moved to Vrindavan where her mother joined Food for Life Vrindavan as a cleaner. Her older sister Poonam, who graduated from Sandipani Muni School last year in 2015, is now in college. Neetu loves to dance and is also a very good singer.