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Shopna Ghosh - Kolkata, India

Submitted by Shonali Burke - Silver Spring, MD
Shopna Ghosh

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She's made a world of difference to thousands of people through education.

My mother, Shopna Ghosh, was a career educator, and still tutors kids, even after retiring. She has shaped countless young minds to stand up against poverty and inequality, not just through her role as a teacher, but as a confidante and unofficial mentor to them. Early in her career, she was not just a teacher, but the chief administrator for her (very large) school's junior section, and also ran (and taught at) an afternoon school for street kids, which was held on the premises of her school. She literally makes a difference by waking up every day, and I am proud to be her daughter!

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.


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