Mansi Mehta,15, has been inspiring many young girls of her age. When the teens barely know anything about their aim in life, Mansi was quite clear about hers. She wanted to be a social worker working for the upliftment of poor girls in society. She started to work for the girls who do not get the formal education. Mansi runs a foundation named Kishori Foundation to educate girls from marginalized background to realize her dream of a literate country. She is amongst the few teenagers in the country to run her own foundation where she teaches underprivileged girls and makes efforts towards a gender-equal country through education.
Mansi Mehta has been awarded the Garima Award by Gajera Trust for her work. She is one of the few teenage TEDx speakers in India. Mansi takes inspiration from famous women personalities like Sudha Murthy & Malala Yousafzai and advocates the idea that people must accept the social disparity between genders so that the society can collectively move forward.
When many girls of her age love to gossip, shop and eat out with friends, Mansi, the teenage girl wrote a book of poems on women. Mansi dedicated her book to Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for her struggle for the education of children. Mansi not only published the book of poetry ‘I AM Me’ but will be utilizing the money earned through its sale to educate the underprivileged girls. She is currently educating nine girls from the slums of Adajan through her project Kishori Foundation. She attempts to portray the struggle of thoughts in a woman’s mind through her poetry. She has also described the pain of women which they are unable to share with their families.
“I used to write daily in my diary and gradually developed an interest in poetry writing. It is a strong medium of expression. I came to know about Malala’s struggle and also of so many other women across the world. This pushed me to write and publish a book of poetry. I read a lot about Malala and taking an inspiration from her, I plan to do something for the society. I found the underprivileged children, especially girls, have no access to good quality education here. Hence, I thought of doing something for them,” Mansi Mehta
Along with formal education, she also trains these girls in different arts and skills. “She is a voracious reader and loves to write. Mansi’s family supported her when she came up with the idea to publish a book of her poetry,” said Sanjay Mehta, CEO of a group of schools.
Mansi Mehta has presented an example before all young Indians for what they can actually do to make their country a better place. She is not that youth who shouts on social media against everything bad happening in the country but the one who took charge in her hands and resolved to change the scene! Keep Shining Mansi! We need more girls like you! You are truly a Wonderful Woman!