Deepa grew up in a small village called Komakambedu. She and her sister went to Government school. Although they had good potential, their parents being illiterate could not guide them well. She attended CORD evening tuition and was also nurtured through Balvihar and adolescent girls’ group with good values and leadership. She faced gender discrimination at home and her father wanted to marry her off at 17 while she wanted to study. CORD team member, Smt. Lalitha spoke to the father and stopped him. She further guided Deepa to pursue her undergraduate diploma education. As she grew up, she began to volunteer and was trained by CORD to become Balvihar Resource Person. She actively participated in all youth development programs organized by CORD and grew up to be a school teacher. Deepa is now happily married with 2 small kids. She is a Balavihar resource person teaching value education to 20 children in her neighbourhood in Athupakkam Panchayat. Many girls like her have come to CORD for help or guidance and we counsel and motivate them in the right direction.