Mayuri Raval, 19, is a resident of Bapunagar, Ahmedabad and comes from a family of seven. Mayuri is a third year B.com student, studying at PD Pandya Commerce College and has to travel a distance of almost 10 Km daily to reach her college. Her father works at a textile finishing workshop while her elder brother is an estate agent (realtor). The monthly family income of Rs. 20,000 is enough to meet the demands of the family but it leaves no room for future savings or asset creation. Mayuri would return home from college at 12:00 and thus always had an ample amount of time left for other activities or for a part time job. She felt that instead of wasting her time she could utilize it and get a job and earn some extra money. Her elder sister who had witnessed one of the SAATH road shows suggested her to visit the UMEED Saraspur center. Mayuri visited the center and the trainers at the center gave her details about the courses offered, the timings, the charges of the program and other relevant details. Mayuri always had a keen interest in the nursing field however due to her mediocre performance at school level she was not able to pursue further education in the nursing field. She immediately enrolled her name for the BSPA – Bed Side Patient Assistance course at the center. The course timings of 1:30 to 5:30 were perfect for her as it meant that she did not have to miss out on her studies and also had ample amount of time left after the completion of the day’s lectures. She describes her experience as “The UMEED course acted as a turning point for me. It was an opportunity which I felt I had to grab. The first thing I learned at the center was that the main goal of a nurse should be to provide help to others, without thinking of any kind of personal gains. Along with training in the BSPA, I received training in spoken English, Basic Computers and Personality Development. To develop our social skills the trainers at the center conducted a number of activities on Saturdays which also gave me a chance to bond with my batch mates. On the completion of the course I got a job at Ashirwad hospital which is extremely near to my house and thus I do not have to waste my time on conveyance. I am able to balance my time between studies and the job and still have some time left for recreation. I hope to become a part of the Government nursing management programme in the near future”.
This story was documented by Ishan Bhatt, who interned at Saath for a month. He visited the field and met with youth from the Umeed Groups.