“Sumana’s people clung to their identity but wanted to prosper in the world evolving around them. With only 30 percent of the population literate, education was the key to unlocking a future for her people.”
Sumana helped her parents pack up for the move to the city and corralled her siblings as their departure grew closer. As one of the older sisters, Sumana shouldered a lot of responsibility. Her family was poor, and it took many hands to keep the family fed. Though still a child herself, Sumana did more caretaking than being taken care of.
It was a necessary move. Sumana’s ancestors had lived here for thousands of years, tending livestock and farming the land. They had a unique culture, language and traditions that made them stand out. They also had the ignoble legacy as one of the most discriminated against people groups in their country; much of their land had been confiscated and redistributed to others. Sumana’s people clung to their identity but wanted to prosper in the world evolving around them. With only 30 percent of the population literate, education was the key to unlocking a future for her people…
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