“Life does not get better by chance but by change”

Read the story of Jamuna to know how she decided to make a change in her circumstance and not rely on her past failures.

Jamuna is one of the beneficiary of Planet first program of Reaching Hand which is an extension of “PRATISHTHA”- a skill training and placement center. Through this program Reaching Hand aims to empower youth through employ-ability and 21 century skills using blended learning methods.

Married at a very young age, Jamuna always wear a smile, talks with enthusiasm and is mature to face obstacles in a positive manner.

Jamuna says “since childhood I have dreamt of pursuing  fashion designing. I used to spend most of my time drawing, painting  and decorating things. I got good comments from everyone. Though I am from a poor family, I wanted to pursue my dream.”

She learnt tailoring course and because of her interest and sharp mind she mastered the art in a short span and start training students immediately after completion of the course. After 2nd years PUC she had to stop her education because of family pressure. Her father persuaded her to get married to get rid of the responsibility when her mother was on the death bed. Soon her mother passed away due to cancer.

Jamuna adds ,“ it was like everything is over. I thought I will not be able to pursue my talent and dream.My life became so dark and I had no idea where I was heading.”

After marriage things were different but her husband is always supportive. Jamuna who has a son now , enrolled in Pratishtha center few months back and is positive that she can contribute to the society and show the world her talent too.She attended English speaking and communicative classes along with computer basics classes.

Jamuna completed the course and is currently working in the paper and cloth bag manufacturing unit of Pratishtha. Every day she stitches minimum of 100 bags and with the amount she receives she can support her family. She is extremely thankful to Reaching Hand for providing this opportunity.

Jamuna still spends most of her time drawing. She dreams to open her own boutique and stitch cloths of her own designs. Showing us some of her pictures she keeps highlighting about her passion.

She says,“Drawing is something which I really enjoy, I can sit and draw tirelessly for hours. My drawing pencil gets out everything  I feel.”

Through her determination she proves the quote,
“Life throws challenges, but with every challenge comes rainbows and lights to conquer it.”





“A Strong Spirit Transcends Rules”

Pamilselvi , 33 is one of the beneficiary of Reaching Hand “Planet First- (Paper and Cloth Making)” program which is an extension project of “PRATISHTHA”- a skill training and placement center that empowers youths through employability and life skills training using digital lessons.

A mother of two, she joined Pratishtha center a month ago to learn new skills to support her family. At our center she learns Computer and English courses and is being trained in our PAC manufacturing unit to make cloth and paper bags which will come handy in the future.

She has not received proper education because of her poor family background but her desire to learn along with other responsibilities shows her determination and willingness to learn and do something to fulfill her dreams.

She says “Reaching Hand has shown me the way and has given me a chance to learn once again. After joining the course, I am learning new things every day and I try to apply these in my daily activities. Through the Personality development classes I am now confident to communicate with others. Now when my daughter’s friends come home I greet them in English and I feel very happy and confident.”

Pamilselvi understands the value of education and believes that with proper education you gain respect in the society!

“The only motive in my life now is to educate my children and make them good, useful and respectful citizens. Both my husband and I work very hard to give them a better life. I will use my learning in making paper and cloth bags to become an entrepreneur and will support my family in the future”, says Pamilselvi.

Her hobbies include cooking, listening to music and catering.

Even in this modern era there are many women who are behind the four walls of their homes post marriage. They are not allowed to do anything for themselves and are forced to sacrifice their dreams for the sake of their family. But for Pamilselvi, her best gift for her family is to create an identity for herself so that they are proud of her.