A few inspiring success stories of grit, courage and determination
Reena Bhatia presently working with Ernst & Young and pursuing her final year CA course. She came to the Center in July 2006. She was appearing for her 2nd year of graduation in 1999 when she was trapped by a medical condition `Droupsy and went into comma for one and half month, post which she woke up having lost her eye sight, lost her speech, got minor paralysis. She had to stay back home for around 7 years due to complete unawareness about what she could do. Within a short span of one year, after completing computer course in 3 months from the centre, she underwent employability training for another 2 months, Reena has now been able to resume her studies again. She completed her B.Com Hons. and is doing her CA final year.
Goma Rai is a blind girl from Solukhumbu district in Nepal. She came to India when she was 13 years old. She completed her schooling from Delhi Police Public School, RK Puram .and stayed at the National Association for the Blind (NAB), RK Puram. She was allowed to stay at the NAB, Haus Khas centre for three years which is generally not extended beyond the training period for any trainee at the Centre..
She completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College and moved on to pursue a career in human resource by completing her MBA in HR from TISS, Mumbai.
Goma is amongst a few blind people in the country who have cracked the CAT entrance exam. She got a call from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow and Indore, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS) Mumbai. She surprised everyone by choosing TISS over the IIMs. Goma finished her MBA (HR) from TISS in 2012 and joined TATA Consultancy Services through campus placement. She is presently working with a public sector undertaking, ONGC in Mumbai.
Ajanta lost her eyesight when she was four years old. She belongs to an affluent family of Kolkata. She had secondary level education. She came to NAB Centre in 2004 for rehab training. The Centre enrolled her in National Open School for higher studies. She completed her XIIth and did not want to study further due to lack of interest. She was very deft with her fingers and had an aptitude for skill based work like cooking, handicraft, etc.
She was encouraged to make small decorative pieces. She was also slowly encouraged to supervise and teach other girls handicraft, cooking, etc. Though there was immense resistance from her family who did not want her to become independent, she successfully overcame all the obstacles to become independent. She is employed with an export house in Okhla and also found her life partner while doing her training with the export house and is happily married.
Amrita lost her parents when she was in 8th class and further lost her eye sight after one year of loosing her parents. She was admitted to NAB, R.K. Puram by one of her well wishers. She passed her 12th class from National Open School.
She joined NAB Centre in 2007 for rehab trainings for 3 months where she learnt computer, mobility and joined personality development course. After career counseling at NAB Centre, she was admitted to Lady Shri Ram College and she completed her graduation in Hindi (Hons.) in 2010. Throughout her higher education, she was provided hostel to stay, scholarship and volunteers support to study due to her disciplined, sincere and honest approach towards her life.
Further, she completed M.A. in Hindi from South Campus, DU in 2012 and then cleared the entrance exam for B.Ed. from Jamia Milia Islamia University in 2012 and completed the same in 2013. Due to sheer hard work, she has been able to clear her UGC-NET exam for working as a lecturer in near future. She is presently working as a probationary officer with State Bank of Patiala and recently got married through the Centre.
Hailing from Jalandhar, Punjab and the eldest of the three siblings, Renuka grew up in a protected environment She came to the Centre in 2006 having lost her eyesight at the age of 18 in midst of her graduation due to retinitis pigmentosa. Suffering with extreme low esteem, lack of awareness about a life after blindness and huge inferiority complex after sitting idle for almost 4 years at home, she had lost hope on life. Today after computer and employability training, Renuka is a totally independent girl living in a working women’s hostel and commutes with the help of mobility training. She worked as a Help Desk Executive with an NGO, Aastha and is presently working with an international NGO, AIF as a Program Associate.