Skilling for a job, serving for a cause

Here, Listen to the story of Sai Anjali, a student of our first batch of GDA course, who went on to work with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus.

Breaking the barriers – The story of a young man on the path of growth

He saw success around him, but he didn’t have access to it.
He knew the life he wanted, but didn’t know where to start.
He was undeterred by failure, but language was a barrier.
His thinking was defined, but his presentation was not refined.
Seldom do young men make a conscious transition from a position of disadvantage to a position of confidence, through tenacious, consistent efforts. The story of RG is one such. He was a student of the 3rd batch of our BFSI course.

Any time is a good time to start

Joy is when you see a young person, whose life you have touched, going on to serve the community and inspire others to do the same.

Naveen comes from family stricken by poverty in Yenumanapalli village. His father, an auto-rickshaw driver, never took responsibility for the family and his mother was left to care for herself and the children. Despite all the hardships he endured, Naveen, through sheer determination and sincerity, managed to complete his graduation but was at a loss as what step to take next.
The turning point in his life came when he joined the third batch of BFSI at MITRAz. On completion of his course, with the help of the foundation, Naveen set up a small business to deliver vegetables and groceries in Puttaparthi whilst working part time with MITRAz in admin and mobilization work.

He not only earns enough to support himself but also his mother and is now pursuing an MBA from JNTU. He remains grateful to MITRAz for giving him the opportunity of a life time and is paying back by volunteering with the foundation. During the second wave of the pandemic, under the guidance of MITRAz, he has undertaken delivery of free food and vegetables to needy people in Puttaparthi.

His parents only have good things to say about him, “Earlier he was lazy and careless. Now he takes his life and studies seriously. He has become responsible and feels he must work towards achieving something in his life. MITRAz is how any Institute should be.”

Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success

The smile on this young woman’s face shines genuinely as the mark of someone who has, through their hard work and dedication, turned their life around.

Vani hails from the economically weaker section of the society and her joint family of nine subsisted on a dismally low income of Rs 4000 per month. With barely any knowledge of English and very-low self-esteem, Vani came to MITRAz to pursue the GDA course. A conscientious student, she completed all her assignments on time, despite family issues and displayed great discipline, observational skills and punctuality throughout her course.
Now, six months after completing her training, Vani works as a part-time home care giver and also helps the facilitator at MITRAz with On Job Training for the other batches. Her confidence has taken a huge boost and she is comfortable interacting with other students in a class and working in a team.

Vani is truly grateful to MITRAz that she is now in a position to support her family financially and is at the same time able to give back to the community. “Now I’m not only working but am also helping with the GDA training in MITRAz. I have improved my English and communication skills and am able to help the elders around me, as has always been my goal. My parents and family are very happy and proud of me. Thank you MITRAz for being there for me.”

In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity

Things were tough for Mahalakshmi’s family. She worked at a hospital and brought home a measly sum of Rs 10,000 with which to support her family of four. She worked hard but it was barely enough to sustain her two growing children. Sheer chance, brought her to the doorstep of the MITRAz Foundation.

She enrolled herself in the fifth batch of the GDA course and immersed herself in upgrading her skills in order to give her family a better life. MITRAz placed her with Apollo Home Care in Chennai where she works as a home care giver. She earns Rs 16,000 a month and is more than happy to finally be able to provide a comfortable lifestyle for her young family.
Ever smiling and a dedicated worker, her works speaks for itself. After working as a home care-giver for an elderly woman for just one day, the lady refused to accept the services of any other care-giver sent by the agency. “I want that sister back”, said the patient. “She has treated me so well. Like I was her mother. I want her and only her”. These words shocked an already astounded Mahalakshmi as she rushed back to the care centre. She couldn’t believe it! Her hard work had finally paid off. It was a true moment of reckoning for her!

On being asked about her journey with MITRAz, Mahalakshmi says, “MITRAz treated me like family. Each faculty member was so helpful and every time I had a doubt, they would sit me down and work me through it. Because of Mitraz, because of the outflow of support I have received, I am where I am today. Mitraz is a person, not an organization, and it is the reason I see myself here”

As humanity, collectively, we explored space. Some of us, touched the moon. Others, are trying to even colonize Mars. They sure have gone places. Gone the distance.

But not Mahalakshmi. She went farther than space. Farther than touching the moon. And farther than touching Mars. She went all the way, and touched a patient’s heart. That is what you call mesmerizing!

Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action

Amrutha is one individual who never let the blanket of poverty and despair keep her down. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother was left to fend for her three young daughters on her own. As the eldest sibling, Amrutha’s childhood was one of compromise and yet she dealt with it uncomplainingly.

Post a few years of marriage, the devastating COVID-19 pandemic struck, and with that back came the distress. The misery. And the trouble. Her husband lost his job as a driver and their future looked bleak. She almost resigned to her fate of having to work as a maid like her mother when Lady Luck knocked on her door.
Her sister chanced upon MITRAz Foundation and told her about the Nurse Assistant course. Fueled by her inherent need for financial independence and her strong desire to lead a better life, she approached the course with a renewed zeal and dedication.

Amrutha’s hard work paid off and she was placed to work as a therapist in Olivia Skin Care Clinic, Bangalore. A starting salary of Rs 15,000 was something she did not even dare to dream off earlier and now she is living the life she never thought she could have.

“I don’t know what to say,” She said when she spoke to us, ““My in-laws, my relatives, they used to always look down on me. Quite begrudgingly, quite disapprovingly. But now the tables have turned! Today, I not only have a job, I not only earn my bread, on my own, I have my entire family, including my in-laws, talking to me, and respecting me while we converse.”

Today, as we look on at her success story, we realize something that has been staring us in the eye for quite a while.
Her heels wouldn’t hold her high. Her character would.

Her beauty wouldn’t mesmerize people. Her passion and commitment would.

Breaking the barriers – The story of a young man on the path of growth

He saw success around him, but he didn’t have access to it.
He knew the life he wanted, but didn’t know where to start.
He was undeterred by failure, but language was a barrier.
His thinking was defined, but his presentation was not refined.

May 2021- RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Free Vegetables delivered at home for the needy

In May 2021, we initiated a free service to purchase and deliver fresh vegetables to underprivileged COVID+ patients in quarantine or isolation in the village areas surrounding Puttaparthi. We also started supplying medicines and serving Sai Protein to patients admitted at the Dharmshala Covid Care Centre in Puttaparthi. Both initiatives have significantly contributed to the well-being and successful recovery of dozens of poor patients.

Free online yoga and wellness classes

On May 18th 2021, the Foundation started free online wellness classes. Classes include yoga, breathing exercises and acupressure sessions and take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5 pm for 30 minutes. These fun-filled interactive sessions are aimed at improving the physical health and emotional well-being of participants and are open to all. We are thrilled that the classes are being attended regularly with such an overwhelming number of enthusiastic participants. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81089339228

Andhra Pradesh COVID Helpline

On May 6th, 2021, in partnership with Sai Krushna Trust, MITRAz Foundation set up the Andhra Pradesh COVID Helpline ( 040-48213300). This service provides verified news related to COVID-19 and authentic information on oxygen support, hospital bed availability and ambulance services. It also provides tele-consultation and counselling to Covid patients with the help of volunteer doctors and certified counsellors. We have helped hundreds of needy people since setting up this helpline and have been widely appreciated for this service.

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