Reena- Reena, a 32 year old woman, used to work
as a sanitation worker for a girl’s hostel in
Jawaharlal Nehru University before her family
decided to shift to the slum of Kusumpur Pahadi.
The distance to her workplace from the slum led
her to quit her job and she became completely
dependent on her husband’s earnings.
Reena learnt about Ritinjali’s vocational centre at
Kusumpur Pahari through other women who
attended the classes at the centre. She joined the
centre in 2015 where she learnt basics of Cutting
Tailoring from the teacher. Apprehensive at first
about learning a new skill, Reena’s doubts were
soon allayed by the centre teacher’s teaching
methodology. Reena was encouraged her to attend
classes regularly and sit for the NIOS examination
to get her diploma.
Reena is now proficient in stitching various kinds
of suits and salwars, and has started taking orders
at home. With her new found confidence from
acquiring the skill of dressmaking, Reena has
become self-sufficient from the earnings made
through the orders that come to her.
Neetu- Seventeen year old Neetu never got a chance to complete her schooling
due to financial constraints at home. Losing her father at an early age, the burden
of earning for the family fell upon Neetu’s shoulders.
She joined the Cutting, Tailoring and Dressmaking Centre last year in a bid to
gain employment through acquisition of the skills of dressmaking. With great
dedication, Neetu soon became adept at making various kinds of ladies’
garments, and has now started taking orders at home. The earnings from her
orders have enabled Neetu to support not just herself but also her family.
Neetu hopes to complete her schooling through NIOS so as to be eligible for the
NIOS certificate exam.
Manoj- Manoj joined the Computer Applications
Centre to further enhance his pre-existing knowledge
of computers. With great sincerity, Manoj learnt the
various programmes which one needs to master in
order to gain employment in the age of technology. He
also completed his diploma programme, earning a
certification from NIOS.
Manoj works in the backend broadband processes
department in Reliance Communications, earning Rs.
18,000 a month. He hopes to hone his skills further
and continue on the path of education alongside work
to better his prospects in the industry of his choice.
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Being the eldest of 8 siblings meant that Noor had to start earning to
support his family the moment he came of age. However, the desire
to study further kept burning bright. He joined the Second Chance
School to educate himself and secure a job to support his large
family. He worked hard to train as a baker, and now works at the
Pullman Hotel. He also supports the education of his siblings with his
Having lost his father at the tender age of 13, Veerendra had to
shoulder the responsibility of a bread earner from a very young age.
He spent his childhood toiling in fields, and joined the Second
Chance School with the hope of learning marketable skills. An
internship at The Oberoi Hotels served as a turning point for
Veerendra. He works at the hotel full time now, and is working
towards completing his schooling.
Satyendra moved to Delhi from his village in Uttar Pradesh in search
of a living. However, after working at a garment factory for a few
months, he realised that without skills, getting a steady job would be
difficult. He joined the Second Chance School to acquire skills that
would help him pursue his dream of becoming an architect. He is
studying to be civil draftsman at ITI, and looks forward to working at a
reputed architecture firm in the future.