Ruchi Kumari
Pillars of Change

Ruchi Kumari

Ruchi Kumari

Ruchi Kumari, a Class IX student from an upper primary government school in Gaya, Bihar, has always been passionate about turning school lessons into life lessons. A member of Meena Manch, a learning platform co-partnered by CARE India to build leadership skills in children, especially girls, Ruchi constantly aims to instill hope and faith for a brighter future,amongst all her friends and other girls in the village. It was through Meena Manch, that Ruchi and her friends first came to discuss issues around girls’ rights and access to education, health and sanitation for women.

Ruchi regularly shared what she learned at Meena Manch with her family and neighbours, including the importance of washing hands before and after each meal, having toilets at home, and keeping homes and the neighbouring areas clean. A confident, optimistic and creatively versatile student, Ruchi has become one of the strongest advocates for girls’ rights within her family and the local community.

“We can all help in making a difference to the lives of women and girls. It’s about believing in yourself, sharing your thoughts with the larger community, and ensuring that they take you seriously. That’s what we did, and we can already see the change around us” – Ruchi Kumari