Kavya is a young girl who lives in the village of Alagaya Palem, outside of Ongole, CCDC’s headquarters in Andhra Pradesh.
No school means a life of desperation for Kavya
Before she was enrolled in a CCDC, Kavya was the main caregiver at her home. Her mother, Papamma, works all day and her older sister, Poleramma, goes to government school. Unfortunately, her father, Tatayya, is an alcoholic – he leaves early in the morning and returns late at night, sometimes drunk to the point of unconsciousness. When her father is drunk, he rages and beats his family. When work is poor in the region, he takes all of the family money and spends it on drinking. This is a common problem in rural, agricultural India.
These rough conditions, coupled with neglect and deprivation, thrust Kavya prematurely into adulthood, and also took from her the innocence and opportunities of childhood. At one time, Kavya was also enrolled in government school, but preference was given to her older sister. Kavya was always behind her sister in academics, and never had enough food to eat during lunch breaks. She would wear dirty rags to school and her teachers considered her shabby and worthless. Eventually, Kavya’s father pulled her out of school. He thought it was not worth it to send her anymore.