Situation before intervention:
Shabana is a 20 year old Muslim girl, who lives in Pallaskhed Village with her 50 year old mother. The village is 18km from Sangamner. People of the village depend mainly on agricultureand so are entirely at the mercy of the irregular rainfall. They face problems of water scarcity both for agriculture and household purposes.
After the death of Shabana’s father, her mother earned a meagre income through daily wage labour. This was not sufficient to cover family expenses as well as Shabana's educational costs, so she was forced to stop studying after the 12th standard. Instead she remained at home, heavy-hearted, and in time began helping her mother as a labourer.
Situation after intervention:
The NISD selected Palaskhed village for the project, and the Reading Improvement Programme worker visited. Shabana received from her information about free vocational training courses run by NISD, for the needy youth. Shabana applied for the Hospital Assistant course and was selected. It was a turning point Shabana's life, her wish of further study fulfilled in the form of training.
Shabana is now 20 years old. Over 3 years ago she left school to help her mother by working as a wage labourer. Now she is attending the course, living and studying in a sincere and disciplined way. She has completed the 'theory' part of her course, and is now completing the 'practical' at Dr. Gadekar Hospital.
She recieved this opportunity due to her attitude of wanting to serve the sick and the poor, her hard work and her disciplined behavior. Her confidence has increased and now she feels she will be able to find employment in hospitals after the course. She has a clear goal in her life now - meaningful and dignified service of the sick.
Shabhana and her mother are grateful for this opportunity, which has been provided to her completely free of charge.