Yuvaraj, a Machine Operator in Surfine Tools, Coimbatore
I liked the nature of the job. It was machinery work and it was easy for me to handle. Now I am happily working.", says Yuvaraj
Yuvaraj, 32 years old from Idayarpalayam in Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu is a person with intellectual disability.
Yuvaraj shares, “I stay with my mother and father. I am 32 years old but I look like a small boy. It is very difficult for me to get a job in a good company.”
With a smile Yuvaraj says, “It was at this time I got a letter from Cheshire Homes, Coimbatore, inviting me to attend their identification camp. I was very excited because it was the first time I had received a letter in my name. I attended the camp. It was a great experience. I was also given an opportunity to attend an interview. The first time I was selected by a paper mill. I was not happy here. The work was irregular and so was my income. I was not able to earn much or even give any support to my family. I related my experience to the LRC staff. They told me to wait for another job opportunity. I thought it would take more time. But I was wrong.”
Yuvaraj continues, “I got interviewed. And again I got selected. This time I liked the nature of the job. It was machinery work and it was easy for me to handle. Now I am happily working with Surfine Tools Company on a monthly salary of Rs.7000/-. I work hard. And most of all I am interested in my job. Thank you Cheshire Homes for helping me to build my career.”
Cheshire Homes Coimbatore is one of the many Livelihood Resource Centres (LRCs) started by Leonard Cheshire Disability, an international organization working with the disabled. LRCs assess the needs and abilities of persons with disability - train and equip them with essential skills - and help them function with dignity in mainstream society.
LRCs are part of ‘Access to Livelihood’ – the award winning program of Leonard Cheshire Disability. This program is being successfully implemented in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and in South Africa, with the financial support of Accenture Foundation.