Posted by: helpachildtostudy | April 13, 2012

A Rendezvous with our Karjat and Alibaug students

Two weeks ago, I got the opportunity to go to Karjat to meet the students who are sponsored by the Help A Child To Study project.

Karjat is approximately an hour and a half hour train journey from Mumbai. I was really looking forward to this journey as I would get to interact with the students and I needed a break from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.

Last year, we decided to expand our activities in Maharashtra and we partnered with the Light of Life Trust, an NGO working to transform the lives of the underprivileged in Maharashtra. They helped us to identify students from Karjat and Alibaug towns of Raigad district. After reviewing the applications and conducting interviews, we picked 16 students to sponsor for 2011-12, for courses ranging from Junior College to Diploma to Bachelors in Engineering.

Interacting with each student made me realize how much of a difference this sponsorship could make, in each of his or her lives. Some students have to travel long distances to attend college, some stayed away from home to attend college because there was no college in close proximity of their residence and some worked part time to support themselves and their family. When asked about their future plans, they enthusiastically told me about their ambitions. Most of them wanted to pursue further studies and become a Teacher, Banker, Chartered Accountant or a Lawyer.

One of the stories, which caught my attention, was Sonali’s who is currently in her first year of B.Com degree and works part-time to support her siblings’ education. She works part-time as a typist for a lawyer in her village.  And when I asked her what she plans to do in future, she told me about her dreams of becoming a lawyer. She wishes to pursue L.L.B after her B.Com course.

It was really wonderful to meet the Light of Life Trust team and the students, and to be in the beautiful town of Karjat.

We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the Light of Life Trust, so that we can reach out to even more students and help them achieve their dreams!

 

Light of Life Trust team with the students

 

 

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