I am Daivanai (18), I live in Erode distrist, Gobi Taluk, TN palayam’s Akarai Kodiveri village. There are more than 250 families living and the people in this village going to mill, company and daily wages.
My father name is late-Ayavu, he is an alcoholic; he used to work for daily wages but he used to give his earning to run the family. Daily he used to fight with my mother so my mother left my father’s house and went to grandparents’ house and our grandparents are very old, they have no strength to earn. My mother’s brother (Uncle) used to take care of us but suddenly he was attacked by TB. We are four daughters to our parents. We all four were staying with my mother at grandparents’ house and we were studying. Due to my uncle’s illness, I need to drop out the school and I started going to mill under Sumangali Scheme. My other two elder sisters were also worked under Sumangali Scheme. My first sister got married and for her marriage also we have borrowed money for interest. My second sister working in another mill after working under Sumangali Scheme. So I and my second sister were working to meet the need of family, to pay debts and on the other side helping my uncle for his treatments also.
I worked in the mill for 1 year but the mill environment was adjustable to me. I used to struggle a lot. I was working for 2shifts; there would be no time to sleep, no proper food in the hostel and work was overloaded. Then my health condition started getting worsens, physical illness, irregular menstruation and stomach pain. So I went to home due heavy stomach pain.
There in our village, I met with READ Adolescent Girls Group and I shared my problems and interest towards education. These adolescent Girls group informed to Community Support Group and they discussed with my mother about importance of education and my mother agreed for making me to continue my education. Later they told about me to READ staff. They assured me to give scholarship and I got Rs.5000/ per year. I got scholarship for two years. I joined to Excel Engineering College, Bhavani for Diploma in Mechanical Engineer. Now I am studying final year, I good at my studies and I am actively participating in all the activities. I got selected in Campus selection. I am happy now. I thank READ for standing with me in my difficulty times.
READ gave be the ability to fight for my future and now I have selected in campus selection.