Thirteen years after being adopted by Mother Teresa Mission Of Charity in Sector 23-A, Saba, 18, made her town and her parents proud by winning the Asian Girls Human Rights Award for her remarkable efforts to empower 55 girls living in the slum of Bapu Dham settlement.
The prestigious international award is given to girls living in India, Mongolia, Nepal and Pakistan, who have demonstrated an aptitude to be agents of change in the fields of human rights, social innovation and development. communautary development. Her next achievement was gaining admission into Albukhary International University (IAU), Malaysia on a full scholarship, much to the pride and relief of her parents.
Her parents – Pramod Sharma, a civil society worker with Yuvsatta, and Pooja Sharma, a teacher – vividly remember seeing two younger sisters, Saba, 5, and Sana, 4, at the Mother Teresa Mission Of Charity for the first time in 2009. “The girls had been waiting for adoption for a long time. Mother Teresa’s nuns did not want to separate the sisters and no one wanted to adopt the two girls together. However, seeing them stirred our souls and we decided to adopt them,” says Pramod.
However, the journey was far from easy. “The girls had never been to school and were abandoned in the institution, so the nuns allowed us to place the girls in foster care so that they could have a home and an education. We bonded in no time and quickly adopted them officially,” says Pramod.
“Pooja quit her job as a teacher and devoted her time to teaching them so they could catch up with their peers,” Pramod says, adding proudly that Saba, who died of Carmel Convent, got 92% in humanities.
Sana, also a student at Carmel Convent, hopes to follow in her older sister’s footsteps. After all, the prize Saba won is for the “girls’ parliament” started by the siblings at Kitabghar in Bapudham settlement, Sector 26.