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Poonam in her home village of Jamsaut.Candace Feit

Read more about the extraordinary schools that give India's Dalit girls a chance at a better life by clicking here.

Follow the discussion on Twitter stemming from The Globe and Mail's "Breaking Caste" series, and read Stephanie Nolen's replies to reader questions. For more information about the school, visit, the official website of Nari Gunjan, the charity founded by Sudha Varghese, that operates the school. For information on how to make a donation, send an e-mail to