“My childhood was not about balloons, toy cars or kites. In the last days of every month, we usually had no money. My father works as a helper in a factory and his struggle to feed five stomachs in the family was always tough. We slept on a bed that was prepared by arranging bricks in a row. My parents always fed us rice from their portion,
“Knowing that my care, touch, voice, and time can help a patient make it through the night is one of the most rewarding feelings. Being with people at what is sometimes the worst moments of their lives is a privilege I take very seriously. One of the most profound moments in my nursing career was caring for a woman post-stroke.
“If you lost a little weight, you would look so beautiful; for a girl, it’s important – don’t you want to get married to a good boy? These are the things that I have grown up hearing. Ever since I was a child, I saw my mother and father work hard to get me an education. People would often taunt them about my weight.
"Our daughter is our strength and hope. She is the youngest in the family, but she motivates everyone”- Antima’s mother. She can say this because Antima has emerged a fighter in the midst of a lot of problems. Her mother is proud of her and so are her other family members."
"Bringing smiles to the lives to the lives of a lot of people Smile Twin e-Learning program has also brought light and happiness to Jyoti and her family’s lives. With the help of the training provided by STeP Jyoti is now able to help in the household expenses."
The stories of struggle start almost the same way but not all stories end the same way. Kalpana’s is a story different from most stories of struggle.
“I had only completed my class 12th and never had any exposure in the field of jobs and interviews. I got rejected several times but I kept on trying as I wanted to help my family.” –Kanchan
"Today, I got my first job. Although I have many things on my mind, but I will be getting new clothes for every one with my first salary"
Nafees grew up in a family which struggled to make both ends meet every day. His father worked as a daily wage earner and it was a family of six he had to support...
The only hope of his ailing parents Prakash had no option but to drop out from school because his sick father could not afford it anymore. His hopes were crushed but what could he do than take care of his parents.
His mother’s smile makes his day and Ranjith is working hard to keep it that way.
Living in a slum at Shamirpet in Secundrabad, Telenganaq Ranjith’s father who works as a helper at a truck garage could barely make both ends meet. With five members in the family it was very hard to mange.
"I have bought new clothes for my father, I hope he likes them.”
Mahesh’s father wore and re-wore the same two sets of clothes for years. The colours faded and stains from the auto rickshaw he drove for a living took their place.
"We did not get the best of things in our childhood, neither my mom. She sacrificed a lot. Even today she does. It's time now I start paying back."
His dream is to take his mother to Hajj and gift his mother a house of her own.
“When I joined STeP, I didn’t have any knowledge about computers nor could I speak English fluently. Now I know what retail management is, how a retailer enters business and how to communicate. I am not hesitant to talk now.”- Yusuf
Opportunities should be equal and just for all, be it a girl child or a boy. Javeriya’s parents proved it right by giving her chance to give her a shot to have a career, be independent and self sufficient.
Fighting with financial difficulties Kalpana found a way out to be of some help to her family by joining in the STeP program near her home.
Kalpana had to drop out of school after completing her 10th standard as her father no longer could bear the expense of her studies.