On the occasion of women’s day, we celebrate Asha’s story..one of hope. At 20, Asha(name changed) was abandoned by her family after her husband’s death. Homeless and without anybody to turn to, she survived for a few days by begging on the streets. Vidyaranya’s staff found her thus and took her in. Asha joined Vidyaranya’s rehabilitation centre for women in Bangalore. Asha was looked after by the centre where she also received training in tailoring for a year. Asha is now a self-dependent woman with a job at a garment factory. She earns a decent income and lives on her own.
Asha and other women like her serve like beacons of hope to thousands of women who end up on the streets after being abandoned by their families. Very often, these women are illiterate and without any specific skill-set to be employable. Vidyaranya is proud to be a part of the rehabilitation process for these women.
Vidyaranya’s Sarojini, Ujjwala and Sanjeevini rehabilitation centres and programmes for women provide shelter, food, clothing, medical and psychological care for their women residents. Most importantly, Vidyaranya helps these women to get back on their feet and live their own lives with confidence and self-esteem.
Anupama(name changed)is a visually challenged girl from a village in Karnataka. Her parents are agricultural coolies, earning a wage that is too small to cover her special education.
Vidyaranya identified her during one of our surveys and quickly enrolled her into one of our special schools for visually challenged children. Not only does Anupama receive the kind of education she deserves, but she also benefits from the school being recognized by the government of Karnataka.
We offer free education, medical aid, food, hostel facilities, and other necessities. As the job market is so difficult to break into, we also give children skill-training so they stand a better chance of getting a job once they have finished their education with us.
Anupama is currently studying in class 7, and her parents are overjoyed with the progress she has made. Being visually-challenged should never stop a child’s right to education. Anupama’s success as a student stands as testament to this.