BYDC is the proud sponsor of Muskan, a student at Sandipani Muni School in Vrindavan, India. The school is run by Food for Life, a charity organization dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor in a town that is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Bhakti Yogis. Gopi has long supported students at this school, and several times has taken students to visit during India trips.

Muskan is the youngest of seven sisters in a family that has seen more than its share of struggles. Jayati, the oldest sister, left school in 6th grade, and the parents and other five sisters have never had an opportunity to be educated at all. The father works in construction and the mother as a house cleaner, and the father’s abuse of alcohol has led him to mistreat and neglect his wife and children.

Muskan and her oldest sister Jayati are living an hour away from the rest of their family in a rented room so Muskan has a chance to complete her education and break her family’s cycle of poverty for good. This is a lot of responsibility for a little girl, so BYDC is sharing the burden, taking on Muskan’s tuition fees for as long as she stays in school. We’ll hold fundraisers from time to time, as we did on Thanksgiving Day, to let the whole community contribute to her scholarship fund.

Please keep Muskan and her family in your hearts and prayers! We’ll keep you updated on her progress. For more information on Sandipani Muni and other programs run by Food for Life, please visit their website.