Raveena, employed at Sun ITES Consulting Private Limited, Bangalore
It was the timely IT training in CHIBU-LRC and their job assistance service which not only boosted my confidence but also helped me to get a job!” says Raveena
22-year-old Raveena lives in Kumaraswamy Layout of Bangalore with her family. Raveena shares, “My father Aravinda Murthy (45) is a daily wage worker. My mother, Rajeshwari, (40), works in a garment factory as a helper. My younger brother Tejas is 17 years old. He is studying for his 2nd year PUC (Pre-University).”
Raveena says, “I have hearing impairment since birth. I completed my ITI. I was not able to get a job suited to my interest because of my disability. I learnt about CHIBU (Cheshire Homes India, Bengaluru) from one of my hearing impaired friends. I went to their office and joined their Livelihood Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC team supported me in analyzing my skills and abilities. They suggested that I undergo a 2-month IT training (Information Technology) as I showed a lot of interest in computer related jobs. The training was interesting. It also covered sessions like life skills, mock interview sessions, grooming, and resume preparations.”
She reveals, “Once I finished my training, CHIBU-LRC staff sent me for an interview to Sun ITES Consulting Private Limited located at Bommanahalli, a suburb of Bangalore. I was happy when I was successful in clearing the personal round interview and a typing test.”
“Eventually I got selected for the post of Computer Operator. My initial salary is Rs.7000. After the probationary period my salary will be revised. It was the timely IT training in CHIBU-LRC and their job assistance service which not only boosted my confidence but also helped me to get a job!” she says with delight.
Raveena and many others with disability owe their success to CHIBU-LRC in Bangalore. LRCs are also located in Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkatta, Chennai, Coimbatore in India, and in the countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and in South Africa.
LRCs are the product of the ‘Access to Livelihood’ program initiated by Leonard Cheshire Disability, an international organization. Their programs are financially supported by Accenture Foundation. Leonard Cheshire and Accenture believe that people with disability can successfully integrate into mainstream society on the basis of their skills and abilities. People with disability must be given opportunities to earn a living and support their families.