My Name is Malar
My Name is Malar #GOMALAR
Malar is 6 years old and lives with us in the My Name is Kumar home, along with her older brother Vallarasu and older sister Meena. Her parents, Kumar and Megala live in a plastic sheet house in a rural location with no access to public services (schools, doctors etc.), running water, sanitation facilities or electricity.
Neither Malar's mother nor father can read or write. Both of them are beggars, which means that they go to the temple each day to beg for money and food. When Malar was smaller she would go with them.
Malar and her siblings live with us so that they can attend school each day, have a safe place to sleep at night and eat three full meals a day. Her parents visit each weekend and she goes home regularly to see them too.
Meanwhile, we are working with Malar’s family to introduce new ways to earn a living and develop safer housing and sanitation facilities. We hope that one day, when they are ready, Malar can live with her family in a safe home and her parents can get her ready for school each morning.
Malar’s favourite thing to do in her free time is to play circus games and run around with the other small girls. When she is older she would like to be a teacher.
Malar is one girl in a community of many, all of whom share very similar stories. All the girls we support were born into begging families, often to young mothers who themselves experienced a tough childhood. All of these young girls face the very real threat of growing up illiterate and being forced into marriage soon after they have their first period. As soon as they are married they stop attending school and are left behind, illiterate and at the mercy of their husband.
Throughout the two weeks of 1st-14th March we will be sharing more stories like Malar's and offering solutions for how to improve the lives of young girls like her.
Use the hashtags #GoMalar #BeBoldForChange