Pushpa, an employee of Rajamane Telectric, Bangalore
Today I am a very confident and happy person. I did not let my disability come in the way", says Pushpa
24-year-old Pushpa was 10 years old when she met with a four wheeler accident while going to school. Her right leg was broken. She underwent 2 surgeries but her right leg never healed and left her with a physical disability.
Pushpa is from Galpete of Kolar district in Karnataka. Her family consists of her father Muniyappa, mother Narayanamma and her 3 brothers, and sisters. Her elder brothers are working in private companies.
A brave Pushpa says, “I did not let my disability come in the way. I completed my high school from Methodist Girls High School and then went on to do my industrial training in Kadalipura ITI (Industrial Training Institute), in Kolar.”
"I read about the training activities of Cheshire Homes India, Bangalore, (CHI-BU) in Vijayavani, the daily local newspaper. Impressed, I went and visited their livelihood resource centre in Kolar. I registered my name with them. They talked to me and helped me to resolve my fears. Then they assessed my abilities and my needs. After several rounds of counselling they advised me to undergo a two month basic course in computers and English communication. Along with these courses I attended their Foundation Training which brushed up my skills in grooming, attending interviews, and time management. All this helped to boost my confidence and courage.
One day CHI-BU organised a special recruitment drive for one of their clients, Rajamane Telectric Private Limited, an electronic company based at Whitefield in Bangalore. I did not have much difficulty in clearing their personnel and Human Resource rounds. Eventually I got selected! Today I am working in their Electronic Assembling division. CHI-BU assisted me in settling down in a hostel in Krishnarajpuram which provides me with free food and accommodation. The hostel is close to my place of work".
“I receive a monthly remuneration of Rs.7500/-. Today I am a very confident and happy person. Thanks to CHI-BU! ” says Pushpa.
Under its ‘Access to Livelihood’ program Leonard Cheshire Disability has established Livelihood Resource Centres (LRCs) in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and in South Africa. These LRCs through their trainings help the people with disabilities to develop their self-esteem and confidence. The centres also support the disabled to get placements and enable them to function in mainstream industries just like anyone else. LCD’s award winning program receives the financial support of Accenture Foundation.