Anjali, In Food and Beverage Department of Lemon Tree Hotel (Gurgaon)
What was impossible became possible because of LRC getting a job in Lemon Tree Hotel for me", Says Anjali
Anjali is speech and hearing impaired from birth. She only understands sign language and can lip read too. She is 23 years old and works for Lemon Tree Hotel in the Food and Beverage Department at Gurgaon.
Her employment was made possible because of EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission of Relief). EFICOR’s LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre) reachs out to people with disabilities in and around Delhi – training them, counseling them, equipping them with skills, and guiding them towards equitable employment.
LRCs have been established all over the work as part of the ‘Access to Livelihood’ project started by Leonard Cheshire Disability, with the financial backing of Accenture Foundation. In India, LRCs are working actively in places like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkotta, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, providing support and guidance to the disadvantaged people with disabilities.
“I am not able to communicate with everyone because of my disability. My communication is restricted to those who know sign language. I can write. But I find it difficult to communicate with children, elders and illiterate people. Sometimes people can be very offensive in their attitude to me. I feel very bad. I want to speak and hear but this is not possible. I wish some miracle happens and restores my powers of speech and hearing!” says Anjali wishfully.
Anjali is from Rohtak, Haryana. Her family consists of her mother and one brother. She says, “I completed my schooling from a government school. My family had to face many difficulties when my father died. My mother worked as an agent in the Life Insurance Company but her earnings were not sufficient to meet all our family needs. My uncle and grandfather supported us financially and morally. When I was 20 I married Kamaljeet, who was speech and hearing impaired like me.”
“In November 2015, I visited LRC along with my mother and husband. Both my husband and I were in need of a job. During enrollment LRC staff counselled us to work in the same place. They offered us the option to work with Lemon Tree and and live in Gurgaon. Within 10 days, LRC called us for an interview at Lemon Tree Hotel, Gurgaon. We were both selected for jobs in the food and beverage department. Now we are earning around Rs. 9000/- each,” Anjali says happily.
“LRC’s support has changed our lives. How can they work having a disability – people asked. What was impossible became possible because of LRC. A very special thanks to LRC!”
Proud of Anjali’s achievement, LRC staff say, “Anjali is confident and very active. She has good command over sign language. We wish her all success in her new job.”
“LRC is a doing wonderful job supporting people who are in need. My family and I are all very happy with their work. Thanks to LRC for believing in us,” says Anjali gratefully.