I am 19 years old. In my leisure time I enjoy reading books, comics and history books. I grew up in a small village in Tamil Nadu. I stayed there up to 5th grade and then my whole family moved from that village to close by town, where I studied up to 10th grade. Meanwhile my father moved away to feed our family and my mothers health wasn’t also good. After graduating medium school in 2012 I moved alone to Kadapa, what is more than 6 hours way from my village, and I asked to be admitted to Aarti Home to live there while going to grade 11 and 12. After finishing intermediate 2nd (grade 12) I joined Degree College for women and right now I’m studying in 2nd year Bsc statistics. Later, my elder sister came to Kadapa to work here. I hated moving from one place to another and leaving my family behind, but the move has helped me a lot in my studies. Without leaving my village and my family I wouldn’t be able to get degree (go to college). I visit my family, whenever I can, which is usually twice a year on bigger holidays.
Home I am the first one in my family who has higher education. There’s no way for me to put it into words how thankful I am for being in WEP and Aarti home. WEP has helped me a lot and has given me the necessary life skills required to get a job, like using MS Word and Powerpoint, how to give first aid etc. When I first came to Aarti, I didn’t speak much in English, but now see tremendous improvement. I am confident and I know what I want from life and for the first time feel confident in saying that my ambition matters and does deserve a voice.
I first came to Aarti home with my brother and sister, when I was 15 years old in April 2007. My father died a month before I was admitted and my mother passed away few weeks after that. In December 2007, I left Aarti Home, because I really missed my home. I was away from Aarti for 5 years. My grandmother’s biggest interest was to get me married to my cousin. I refused, as I knew better and moved a lot from one relatives house to another, but no one were there for me. It brings tears to to my eyes thinking about the fact that my family did not want me, because I am a girl. I tried and gave up on everything, but after being saved I realized, that I wanted to study so I came back to Aarti home. My bother didn’t take the chance of being educated and currently works as a laborer and I can tell how much he’s regretting the decision of not wanting an education once upon a time. I joined WEP and took up a beautician course, provided at Aarti. Right now I’m studying in open 10th (bridge schooling) and plan to join intermediate next year (grade 11). My long term goal is to become a nurse and I have this ambition of wanting to work in the U.S.
WEP has given me a lot of confidence as a result I am able to put my foot down when my family work members are insisting I get married. I am thankful for the Womens Education Program and I look forward to every class. I am emotionally stronger, than ever before.