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14th April 2017

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Dear Friends,

Married at 17, mother at 18 and widowed at 19, and today Saba Khan is a 20-year-old General Duty Assistant at the Rotary Blood Bank, Noida. In today’s Rise for Good story we are sharing the last of a three-part series from the Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare, New Delhi.

Born in a port family with three brothers, a mother and no father, Saba was married off at the tender age of 17 years to Riaz Khan who worked in an export house. Within a year, the young couple was blessed with a baby girl. Just when Saba felt that she could consider going back to school, fate struck a blow and Riaz Khan passed away in an accident.

Saba’s in-laws refused to take care of either Saba or her infant daughter. She went back to her mother’s house, where the burden of looking after her own daughter, her mother and two younger brothers fell squarely on Saba’s shoulders. Fortunately, Saba heard about the SMART Academy from one of the mobilizers.

“The happiest day of my life was when I was appointed as a General Duty Assistant with the Rotary Blood Bank. I will educate my daughter and I will not marry her before she is 21 years,” says a determined Saba. “Thank you Tech Mahindra for helping me.” she adds. 

With a role model like Saba before her, we are confident that Saba’s little daughter has a brighter future ahead of her thanks to her mother.

Best of luck Saba

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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