The Big Issue : Edition 481
THE BIG ISSUE 3 – 16 APRIL 2015 27 SUGUNYA AND HER SISTER, SUGANTHI (FAR LEFT), HAIL FROM A POOR RURAL FAMILY. THEY CAME TO THE ULURU CHILDREN’S HOME WHEN SUGUNYA WAS 10 YEARS OLD. A LONG WAY BEHIND IN HER EDUCATION WHEN SHE ARRIVED, SUGUNYA IS THE FIRST GIRL FROM THE HOME TO ENTER TERTIARY EDUCATION. home. She says of Uluru: “There is a lot of love and it gives me opportunities to develop skills and also develop myself.” As for its residents, “They are all my sisters. We are a big family!” Sugunya is the first girl from the Uluru home to have progressed so far in a tertiary course. Last year, the home had another four girls who completed secondary school and are being assisted into tertiary education. This is especially important, as many Indian families put girls out on their own when they hit 16. The foundation is now trying to start a tertiary education fund. Australian photojournalist Jaime Murcia first visited the Uluru home (and an asssociated healthcare centre) in 2005 with his wife, Tina, and has since returned twice – in 2008 and 2013. He says: “I think it is an uplifting story that comes out of very hard circumstances. The home faces many challenges on a daily basis; challenges that reflect those confronting modern India itself.” by Alan Attwood » See also tewoaf.org.au and jaimemurcia.com.