Bhavya– a 20 year old girl who can handle two jobs in a day and manage everything independently. Bhavya’s mother works as a housekeeper in an apartment and her father works as a daily wager at a construction building. In Bhavya’s words, she had always struggled to have a normal life due to her economic conditions. She spent her childhood in an NGO called Baalemane. She completed her 12th grade but couldn’t take up graduation due to learning difficulties. Bhavya took months to find possible ways to get a job but faced rejections everywhere. It is during such a time that Bhavya came to know about the Unnati Skill Centre through her NGO and she took admission in the 73rd batch, during 2018.
In Bhavya’s own words:
“I spent 35 days undergoing a vocational course which was packed with life skills, computer knowledge, tally, English, public speaking, communication skills and social values. I used to stay at the Unnati girls hostel. It was a safe place and I never needed to worry about my meals. In the beginning I was apprehensive about the step I had taken, but in a few days I had friends from across many states and everything was fine. I received guidance about various jobs, career options and the challenges I need to be prepared to face. They are the reasons behind every life change I observe. Presently, I work as a teacher at PATCP (Parents Association of Persons with Cerebral Palsy and Associated Disorders. I teach Basic Computer, English, Yoga, Paintings and Craft works to the differently abled. Unnati’s change makers motivated me to be a Teacher. Earlier there were many people who had belittled me and now the same people shower praises on my achievements.” Bhavya added.
Bhavya’s family lives in a slum in Bangalore. She’s helping her parents build a new home from her yearly savings. Recently Bhavya got her second job at an online food delivery company called “Woken stove Food work Pvt. Ltd.” where she works as a Store Supervisor.
As youngsters, we sometimes give up all our dreams due to the difficult situations we face in life. Many times it can be very challenging, but as they say “there is always light at the end of the tunnel”. Disappointments pave the way to joy and rich experiences. Being persistent is the key to success.
“My dreams don’t stop here. In future, I hope to open my own Yoga and wellness Centre“, Bhavya added.
This is not only Bhavya’s story, this is the story of thousands of many youngsters who struggle to find out what they want to do in the early stages of their career.
– By Vaishu Manjunath, media & communications executive.