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My parents were very poor. They never went to school and knew nothing about the benefit of education. They never sent me or my other brothers and sisters to school. I was married off at a very young age and experienced the same situation at my in-laws. People take advantage of our weakness and often cheat us in monetary transactions. My situation made me wonder whether there is any way to get out of this curse of poverty!!!

One day I heard from my neighbours that some people have come to our village to know our situation to help us in the future. That day I went there and found a group of people talking about our problems and how we can get rid of them. They collected our information and then went away.

A long time later another group of people came from the same organization. This time they wanted to take care of our children and they want to help us to improve our lives by their development activities.

I came to know about the project and its activities from Shushanto Tripura and his wife Haroti Tripura. They told me that I can still learn how to read and write and can join their activities. I was inspired. It touched me very much and I immediately decided to join the adult literacy program.

I believe it will bring me honour and dignity and will help me to be able to deal with the cheats. I also decided then that when my daughter is old enough I will send her to the pre-school program also so that she can have a better life than I do. Thanks to the project I now have a way to see things get better.

Bithi Mazumder

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