I was the first girl to be formally employed in my family:
Sneha* comes from a remote village in the Indian state of Telangana. She lost her father to HIV/AIDS at a young age and the family struggled financially. During a local Asha Awareness event, our staff were introduced to her family and encouraged her to join the Asha Employable Skill Training Institute. Longing to see her employed and safe, her mother encouraged her to join a course. Although initially fearful, Sneha soon got along with our staff and excelled at her computer and Data entry courses. Upon completion of her training, she received a Government job as a Data operator earning a good salary every month. Overjoyed to finally have a job, she told us that she was the first woman to ever be formally employed in her family. She remains grateful to the Asha Employable Skill Training Institute for the training she received here that today enables her to work and support herself and her mother.* Name and picture changed for privacy
"I can now dream of fulfilling my desire to be a successful IAS officer one day":
Rani’s father passed away due to a heart attack while she was still a small baby. Struggling to come to terms with this loss, her mother tried hard to find jobs that could support her two kids. She even tried working multiple jobs but what she earned was insufficient to provide both her kids adequate food and good quality education. This is when she heard about the Asha children homes from a neighbour. Longing to see her Rani well educated and cared for, she brought her to the Asha children home in 2011. A bright and hard- working student, she soon began to enjoy school and excel in her studies. Soon she was not only topping her class every year but also assisting other children in the homes with their studies.In 2018 the school awarded as the “Best Academic Performer for 2018-2019”.
She later also went on to receive a special “Prime Ministers assistance reward” for her excellent performance. After 9 years at our home when she wrote her 10th grade Board exams, she topped the school scoring a perfect 10 GPA. Today she is working hard to achieve her dream of becoming an IAS officer one day.
From School dropout to Best Student of the Year:
Lekha* comes from the tribal Banjara people group who live around Hyderabad. Her father died in the year of 2009 due to Dengue fever. Left alone, her mother was unable to feed her child and struggled to take care of her. She worked as a garbage picker for a while but couldn’t adequately provide for Lekha. Her mother was especially worried because she couldn’t afford the school fees to ensure that her daughter continued her studies after her husband died. Through her neighbor she found out about the AshaChildren home and brought Lekha here. Although initially lost and fearful she soon began to enjoy staying at the home and quickly began to excel in school. Recently she received the award of "Best student of the year" for her excellent academic and extra curricular performance.