Jasmine and her mother
Jasmine is the youngest daughter in a family of four children. She lives with her mother and attends Carnation Learning Center. Her father abandoned the family and married another woman so life is a struggle for her now single mother. Despite her family’s difficulties, Jasmine is a happy child who is eager to learn and does very well in class.
Jasmine’s mother, Nagavalli, earns about $50 a month doing house work and creating flower decorations for Indian festivals. She and her children live in slum quarters given by the government. Nagavalli is determined that all her children get the education they need so they have a brighter future. She has a vision for her children and is always helping them and encouraging them in their studies. She is very thankful for the help she receives from Carnation Learning Center. Nagavalli wants Jasmine to have a better life and be able to be independent by having a good job to support herself.