05/18/2015 05:13 pm ET | Updated May 19, 2015

'For Me This Resume Will Never Be A Reality': Impoverished Girls Remind Us Why Education Is Critical

Though India is rapidly developing economically, its girls are being left behind. But that could all change if three audacious girls with big dreams have anything to say about it.

Indian girls made up 62 percent of all out-of-school children in 2008 due to a host of inequities, the Guardian reported.

Girls are often expected to spend their days fetching clean water for their families, they’re mandated to drop out and marry young or they simply can’t go to school because they don’t have the funds.

While the Salaam Bombay Foundation, a group that works with 50,000 children in Mumbai, has seen an uptick recently in the number of girls who are interested in pursuing education, it didn’t have the resources to support the growing need.

So, it tasked three of its brightest pupils with applying for real-world jobs to inspire corporations to get involved.

With the help of a recruiting agency, the participants drafted resumes based on their ambitions and dressed in business casual attire for their interviews.

It dubbed the campaign the “Resume Project.”

While the hiring managers were shocked to see pint-sized aspiring professionals before them, they were perhaps most stunned when they reached the bottom of each resume the girls submitted. In bright, bold letters, the final line read: "For me, this resume will never be a reality. But you can change that."

Within a matter of a month, the foundation received enough funds to educate more than 200 girls.

“These girls have taken the first step,” Sulaksha Shetty, who works at Abbott Healthcare, said in the PSA produced by FCB Ulka. “I think now it’s our turn.”

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    Painting: Ramanarayanadatta astri (Gorakhpur Geeta Press)
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    The Tree Of Wisdom
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    Prajñadanda (The Staff of Wisdom)
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    There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.
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    Painting: Bodhidharma, by Yoshitoshi, 1887.
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    “Those who worship don't know, and those who know don't worship.”
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    The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
    “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.”
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    When your last breath arrives, Grammar can do nothing.
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    The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. When ignorance is destroyed the Self which does not admit of any multiplicity truly reveals itself by itself: like the Sun when the clouds pass away.
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    Just as the fire is the direct cause for cooking, so without Knowledge no emancipation can be had. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for liberation.
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    "Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When you really look for me, you will see me instantly — you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath."
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    Many have died; you also will die. The drum of death is being beaten. The world has fallen in love with a dream. Only sayings of the wise will remain.
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    Kabir, 1440. Photo: Government Of India
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    Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
    One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.
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    As long as I live, so long do I learn.
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    Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.
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    Different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God.
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    In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.
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    In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path
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    The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
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    When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.