Iaineh Khongdup recently completed her B.Sc (Nursing) from the KLE Institute of Nursing Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka. She studied and lived at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Belgaum, Karnataka since 2011. A native of Meghalaya, Iaineh feels fortunate to have entered the Chatralayam eco system at the right age.
Iaineh has shared a written testimonial which is reproduced below.
“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.
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 good results in treating any disease. Nurses are very good in this aspect.
Coming to my family, my mother is a day labourer while my 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 to get the opportunity to be admitted in AIM for Seva and pursue my higher education. 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.”