Farzana Ghulam Rasool married at the age of 17, but always knew she wanted to pursue her education. When the SUCCESS Program visited her village and invited them to organize to improve their lives, she joined the women-only Community Organisation. Farzana was quickly elected as manager and attended the Community management skills training, which she credits with making her "more confident about what she has to do as one of the community leader." From there she went on to become a Village Organiser and attending leadership management skills training.
Through these trainings she learned about the importance of mother and child health care, health, cleanliness etc. but "the most inspiring session for me was the session on education, especially girls’ education", she said. The local school that the girls could have hoped to attend had closed eight years ago. "I thought why can’t we request that the officials of education department open the school again."
Farzana put all her efforts into making this happen. After contacting the district education office she learned that according to their records the local school was still operational and a teacher was receiving a monthly salary, even though she had long since married and moved away. Farzana pushed for a new teacher. "When the teacher came to know that there is no other option but to resume her duties, she returned."
Now after eight years, the government primary school Kamalani is functional and all the primary school going boys and girls are going to school regularly. Farzana is also teaching there voluntarily to support the teacher and serve her village. She also regularly visits door to door in her village to motivate parents to send their children to school daily.