Swati Bhansaheb Ramteke, a 20-year-old girl from Ramgaon village in Yavatmal district, Maharashtra, comes across as an ordinary girl. But her road to an ordinary life was not easy. Twenty years ago, Swati’s father was diagnosed with leprosy. Forced to discontinue her studies after class 10, Swati became a farm labourer like her mother. A typical woman working as a farm labourer in India can find work only for 100 days in a year and earns around Rs.5000 per annum.
Swati’s life changed after she completed her training in stenography from The Leprosy Mission Trust of India's Vocational Training Centre in Nashik, Maharashtra. With her newly gained skills, Swati now works in Yogesh Industries, a plastic fabrication company in Nashik earning a monthly salary of Rs. 6,200.
The Leprosy Mission Trust of India (TLMTI) is a 140 year old organization and it's six Vocational Training Centers offer government recognised certified courses which meet market demands and life skills training, career counselling and self care training to prevent disability or injury at home or at workplace. After students complete their training, TLMTI facilitates work placements with corporate partners or enables them to be self-employed. Leaving their harsh realities behind, most of these students go on to live an ordinary life. A dream that once seemed far-fetched for many of them. More details about TLMTI can be seen at http://tlmindia.org/
- Rs 500 will help cover health care expenses of three students for one month
- Rs 1000 will help provide uniform to one student
- Rs 1500 will help provide hostel facilities to a student for one month
- Rs 2000 will help provide nutritious food to a student for one month
- Rs 3000 will help deliver vocational training to a student for one month
- Rs 4000 will help facilitate placement of a student and post placement followup support
- Rs 5000 will help provide one day meal for 120 students in the training center
An amount of Rs. 30,000 will help support a student train for a job, enable them to be self-reliant and live with dignity!