A transcript from Samina's letter:
“Hello. My name is (Samina) and I am from Std 10th. During my Academic year 2016 I catched a major disease named TB and I was on second stage survived my 9th and 10th Std but, at the ending of year I slipped from water at my own house and fractured my leg. The next day I had orals at school my Dad put me on his back and took me to school after my orals, we went to KEM Hospital at Parel. Somehow my Dad managed till these thinking it was just crack and Physiotherapy will do it but no, Fate had something else in for me We got the news at 2:00 am on 20th that it was a fracture and I have to be admitted there but the operation was to be held in Emergency and hence my dad had to immediately find a source of money so that my operation could be done on time otherwise I would write my Board Examinations in June . My family was not capable paying for my operation in such immediate cause. Thanks to Soondra Foundation who helped in such a delicate circumstances. Because of the Financial Aid I got from The Foundation I was able to give the Examinations in time and achieve my goal by securing a 78% in SSC, I would not be able to do this if I didn't had the motivation of My Parents, Teachers and friends and The Help of Soondra Foundation.”
Samina is a determined, resilient young lady. Despite growing up in Mumbai’s slums, she has graduated high school with distinction. She is the first in her family to go to junior college and is studying science. Samina is excited to go to college and make new friends. She is an optimist and has big plans for her future! The Soondra Foundation’s $260 micro-grant helped Samina have surgery to get back on her feet and continue her trailblazing journey.
The grantees’ names have been altered to protect their privacy.