Kamakshi, a Trainee Process Executive at SUN ITES Consulting, Bengaluru
I will be taking care of my mother. It is payback time now! Now there will be a role reversal” says Kamakshi happily
Kamakshi is 20 years old. Proudly she holds up her diploma in Commercial Practice from JSS College, Mysore – showing her persistence, grit and determination to overcome her disability! “Now there will be a role reversal” she says happily. “I will be taking care of my mother. It is payback time now!”
“I am from the remote village of Kollegal in Karnataka. Last year I lost my father. He died of a heart attack. He was a lorry driver. My mother works at construction sites as a daily wage labourer. My siblings like me are deaf by birth. My parents tried hard to meet all our needs. They never denied us any of the basic necessities of life. All three of us studied at a government school in Kollegal,” she says. “My elder sister who is now 24 years old completed her ITI (Industrial Training Institute) from APD (Association of People with Disability). Today, she works in a special school for the deaf in Bangalore. My elder brother is 21 years old. He is doing his 3rd year B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) in a college in Bangalore. I have now acquired a Diploma in CP (Cerebral Palsy) from JSS College in Mysore,” she shares.
Kamakshi continues, “CHI BU (Cheshire Homes India, Bengaluru) has been my mentor and guide. The staff helped me to draw up my resume. They trained me in Life Skills. They conducted mock sessions in interviews. All this boosted my confidence. Confidence may not bring in success but it gives the power and courage to face challenges. Can you imagine my excitement when I got through my first interview with SUN ITES CONSULTING PRIVATE LIMITED! I was appointed as Trainee Process Executive. Today I earn a handsome salary of Rs.8000/- per month. It is unbelievable. I am so happy.”
“Thank you CHIBU for your guidance and support in making me financially independent. The training sessions have helped to mould me into a stronger individual. They taught me to leave my past behind and look forward to a bright future. I know my future is in my hands now. My mother has sacrificed so much for me. Now it is my turn to take care of her. Thank you CHIBU for coming to my aid at the most crucial time of my life. Thank you for making my life better and happier,” says Kamakshi gratefully.
CHIBU is one of the LRCs helping and supporting people with disabilities to learn, improve and adjust to mainstream life. It is not easy. It is a difficult process and requires time and patience. LRCs are the mainstay of the ‘Access to Livelihood’ program of Leonard Cheshire Disability – an international organization working with the challenged. They are supported by Accenture Foundation in their exemplary venture. Today LRCs operate in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and in South Africa. Leonard Cheshire Disability and Accenture Foundation are working to make people with disability - self reliant, independent, and earn incomes to support themselves and their families.