There is no school in Uttar Pradesh’s Lambui Purva village for economically backward and marginalised communities. Until recently, a makeshift boat was the only way to reach this hamlet located in Tandiyawa block, Hardoi district, during the monsoons. But this did not stop Rekha from becoming the first girl to go to college from here. Considering that for every 100 rural girls enrolled, only one completes high school, Rekha’s achievement is remarkable. Not only has it been life-changing for her but it has also opened the doors for many other girls like her in and around her village who had never imagined they would get the opportunity to study. This has been possible thanks to Udaan, an innovative learning project in Hardoi that helps never-enrolled or out-of-school girls of ages 11-14 live their dream.