While we document success stories of students studying across our Chatralayams, what is really heartening is when some of our beneficiaries come forward and narrate their experience of studying and living in our Chatralayam.
This month, we share a student’s journey in her own words. Iaineh Khongdup is from the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Belgaum, Karnataka.
“My name is Iaineh Khongdup and I come from Lyndem, a village in Meghalaya.
I joined AIM for Seva in 2011 when I was studying in Class 8. At present, I am pursuing my final year degree in nursing. When I was in high school, I had decided to take up the science stream during my PUC (pre university college) because I wanted to become a doctor so that I could serve the sick, needy and poor people.
I didn’t get a MBBS seat and took up nursing as my career. Looking back, I am quite satisfied with my career choice because the knowledge I gained is not less than that of a physician.
By being part of this noble profession I have learnt that medications alone cannot cure a patient. Equally important is giving effective care and exhibiting positive attitude towards the patients and that gives a good result in treating any disease. Nurses are very good in this aspect.
When I talk about my family background, it is very pathetic. My mother is a day labourer and father is a drunkard who doesn’t support the family. Being the only breadwinner of the family, my mother couldn’t afford to send me for higher studies as she had to manage the family by herself. I have three younger siblings who go to the local government school which is 10 km away from the village.
But I would consider myself to be extremely fortunate and so blessed to get the opportunity to be admitted in AIM for Seva and pursue my higher education.
When I go home sometimes for vacation I feel sorry for my friends for their conditions and struggles for I might also be in the same situation if I had chose to stay back home.
My life has changed after coming to the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Belgaum, Karnataka. My thoughts, my character, my ambition, everything is comparatively different from my friends. AIM for Seva has nurtured me with samskaras and discipline. The institution has taught me to be kind to others and to manage my own things.
After being part of the Chatralayam eco system, I have been able to face and manage difficult situations and make my own decisions. Most importantly, this intervention has helped me to become rich by heart and grow and mature as a person.
The vision of Our Pujya Swamiji was to educate the rural and the underprivileged children like me. I am glad that I have made the best use of all the opportunities that AIM for Seva has provided me. I am inspired by the vision and the selfless services of all the members of the AIM for Seva family and would like to follow and continue their steps in future.”