Guddi Ponjo, a preprimary schoolteacher from Sindh, had always faced discrimination and stigma because of her physical disability, resulting from childhood polio virus. She had sad memories of her childhood. She could only recall, children making fun of her and imitating her.
Guddi studied from Tearfund funded primary school and completed her further studies from nearby secondary school. This school was the only school in her village, educating children for a nominal fee. Many children like Guddi, would not have learnt to read and write if it’s not for Tearfund’ support.
“I would not have studied if it had not been for the only primary school in my village. I have seen ups and downs in my life. Being raised in poverty, I am optimistic that one day I will transform my community through continuous dedication. The community has accepted me, and respects me. Being able to pay back to my community gives a sense of empowerment. I am shaping the nation’s future by teaching young children. I am a member of the Women Empowerment Group (WEG). I aspire to become a role model for young girls so they can believe in themselves”, said Guddi.
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