Last Monday, 2nd of August, Standard Chartered Bank employees from Delhi started visiting the Goal site at Aali Gaon to help tutor the girls in English. The girls were ecstatic about starting the program and honored that volunteers from SCB would be the ones coming all the way out just to teach them. The first few weeks of the program have been really successful so far. Some of the girls had never attended school and some did not know how to read or write even basic Hindi. But already, in less than two weeks, those same girls are now writing the entire alphabet and know that "A is for Apple, B is for Ball, N is for Netball etc..."
Yesterday, the bank volunteers wanted to do something special in honor of India's Independence Day, which falls on August 15th, this Sunday. They bought the girls Indian flags, snacks, and drinks for a mini celebration. After the girls' grammar lesson the last half of the class was spent reciting the Indian national anthem and munching on chocolates and 'pakodas.' The girls had a great time and both the volunteers from SCB as well as all of us at Goal are really excited about watching the girls progress even more with their English in the following months.
More pictures can be seen here.