Nandini, working for Delhi Council for Child Welfare (DCCW) at Palna
"I say – just remove ‘dis’ from disabled. I am as able as anybody else". Says Nandini
My name is Nandini. I live in Civil Lines, Delhi. I am a person with disability and I am not accustomed to comfort. My parents are not able to support me because their financial condition is not good.
Somehow I felt neglected. But I did not give up my studies. I took tuitions and stitched clothes to pay my way through.
I learnt about Cheshire Homes India, Delhi Unit (CHI-DU) funded by EU (European Union) Livelihoods Project. They were supporting people with disability to live a life of dignity and pride. I visited their centre with skepticism. Their LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre) team explained their trainings and the job opportunities available to me. They assessed my abilities and skills. I underwent counseling. I took their training on ‘Ready to Succeed’ to develop my personality as a confident professional. LRC analyzed my skills and advised me to take computer courses in NIIT (National Institute for Information Technology) Foundation to improve them.
EU-LRC (European Union) sponsored my computer course in Basic IT Training program at NIIT. I felt confident. I learnt the true meaning of communication by attending classes of Interview Prep Master and Foundation English.
All these courses and trainings made me aware of my true worth. They developed and honed my skills and abilities. I gained in knowledge. Then LRC organized my interview with DCCW (Delhi Council for Child Welfare) in Palna. I performed well and got selected by DCCW on a salary package of Rs.9000/- per month.
I say – just remove ‘dis’ from disabled. I am as able as anybody else. Thanks to the counseling, training and placement by EU-LRC! Now I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time!
EUIL (European Union India Livelihoods) Project was started in India in January 2016. It aims at providing livelihood and employment to 5000 people with disability. It is being implemented in Delhi and in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, along with 5 project partners. Cheshire Homes-Delhi, is one of them.