Stories of Change
A small girl with big dreams was born in one of the villages of Jhansi. Being a child of migrant labor, mobility from one construction site to another was a part of their life. Jyoti has six siblings and being the second eldest she had a responsibility of babysitting to her younger siblings and helping out her elder sister in the household chores as both the parents were construction laborers sweating blood day and night. Jyoti always wanted to take her family out of this economically deprived situation and was aware that the path to reach her goals will require lot of hard work and timeless efforts.
I always wanted to be a teacher, but being the only girl among all five siblings. I had a tough time in reaching school. I was asked to help my mother in the household chores. Financial constraints served as a major barrier in achieving my dreams for education as my father being a daily wage laborer and the only bread earner in our family. After getting married I started working in a school as housekeeping staff. During that time I was also blessed with 2 kids, almost after a decade I felt like achieving my dream of completing graduation, but going back to studies a decade later was really challenging. My children were a part of Ramagya Foundation’s Unnati program. I anyhow managed to find courage and reach out to the teachers of Ramagya Foundation for their help and support in giving me a quick revision to what I read in school. I am thankful to the teachers of Ramagya Foundation who made it comfortable for me to be a part of their classroom as a student. Ramagya Foundation also helped me out in enrolling myself in the correspondence B.A program. I will be completing my graduation this year which would not have been possible without the financial and academic support of Ramagay Foundation.
A deaf and mute, mother of a 5 year old childwho has been hound of the husband’s house had no ray of hope to survive alone. Monika came back to her mother’s place but was clueless as to how to meet her child’s need. Monika’s mother Sunita devi was a part of Ramagya Foundation’s Aradhya program, she introduced her daughter Monika to this program so that she could be a part of Aradhya’s sessions that will help her out in being mentally strong in facing this difficult chapter of her life. Monika started attending the sessions regularly and also enrolled herself in the Urja program to earn stitching and tailoring. To support Monika in enhancing her inherited skills and making her capable to earn for her and her son’s living, Ramagya Foundation provided her with sewing machine worth Rs. 20,000/-
Today Monika is famous in her community for her beautiful design clothing patterns. She is earning handsome amount of money for her and her family’s living. In the year 2019 we have supported more than 30 women like Monika to make them financially independent.
This is the story of Simran. She is 7 years old and studies in class 1. She lives with her family in Barola village, Noida. She has one brother and one sister. Her mother was housewife and father is a sweeper. Simran is very close to her father and shares all her problems with him. She has a strong bond with her mother too. She is very polite and a shy girl who likes discipline. Simran aspires to become singer one day. Simran does not hold much interest in the studies but her parents wish to see Simran educated and successful. “Phle mera bilkul mann nhi karta tha Unnati mein aane ka, merko padhna achha nhi lagta tha. Aab mein har roz aati hu yaha aur achha bhi lagta hai bohot kuch seekhti hu mein yaha” This is 7yrs old Simran after spending 6 months in Unnati. Simran has promised her parents to score well in her exams and is working hard to fulfill her parents dream.
“I can’t forget the smile and tears in my parents’ eyes when my Unnati class teacher Archana ma’am told my parents that I have come 2nd in my class. I want to work hard and wish to come 1st in my next exams to make my parents feel proud of me. Teachers in Unnati have always encouraged and motivated me.” Prashant has a dream to become Boxer. Through RAP program, Prashant has developed confidence to work on his dream as he actively participates in sports activities and take guidance from the coaches. Prashant and his parents are waiting for the brighter days of life when they will see him as a successful person. The little boy is eager to ease the burden of his mother as he feels bad to see her mother working as a cook in the houses.