Ali Mohammad, Parking Supervisor in Unity Mall, Delhi
I am ready to shoulder my family responsibilities and play a responsible role in my family and in my society,” says Ali Mohammad
“Life does not always go the way I want it to, and that’s okay!” says Ali Mohammad, Aged 23 from Nagloi, Delhi.
Ali was studying for his graduation at Delhi University when he lost his father in an unfortunate accident. That was the turning point in his life. He was forced to discontinue his studies!
Ali is a person with locomotor disability and caliper user in one leg. His mother is a housewife and has 4 brothers. The family lives in their own house and rents out one of the floors. This rent helped them to survive. Ali shares, “I soon realized that there wasn’t enough money to pay for my studies. So I decided to take up a job. I came in contact with EU-LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre funded by European Union in India). LRC is part of Cheshire Homes India in Delhi.”
The LRC staff first assessed me. They discovered my interest in computers. LRC advised me to take the Basic IT and Job Readiness Training at NIIT Foundation (National Institute for Information Technology) in Delhi. I was eager to do the course but at the same I needed to take up a job because of my family’s financial condition.
LRC arranged an interview for me at Unity, a shopping Mall at Janakpuri, close to my home. To my luck I was selected. LRC convinced the Human Resource Manager to allow me to work in their night shift so I could continue my computer studies during the day.
“I was given the job of a Parking Supervisor. I joined Unity on 19th November 2016 on a salary of Rs.9100/- per month. This is my first step in my career. I am very happy and thankful to EUIL (European Union India Livelihood) Project. I know that there will be many opportunities waiting for me once I complete my computer course. LRC staff always wished me a bright future and the strength to fulfill my dreams. I am grateful for all their support to me at this difficult time in my life. I am ready to shoulder my family responsibilities and play a responsible role in my family and in my society,” says Ali bravely.
Mohammed Ali was supported under the EUIL Project by LRC, Cheshire Home India-Delhi Unit (CHIDU), one of the 5 implementing partners of the Livelihood project of Leonard Cheshire Disability. It was started in January 2016 for a period of 3 years. Its main objective is ‘Equitable Access to Employment and Livelihood’ for 5000 persons with disability in India. This project is being implemented in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. The project endeavors to increase its knowledge and understanding on the rights to employment and livelihood of people with disabilities.