Her family is from the very low Chepang caste and both her parents are illiterate, working in other people’s fields to earn money. Her village lies close to the Indian border attracting child traffickers - she knows there is more than just leopards and tigers to fear.
Now Rayana is a Stand by Me child she has all the opportunities that an education can provide, good nutrition and health care, and lots of new friends! When she arrived at our home she had never had a bath, never used a toilet and never been to school. Now she is learning her numbers and letters and can even speak English. She may be little but she definitely has a big personality.