From Tripura (in Northeast India) to Manjakkudi (South India) to Khategaon (Central India), it has been quite a journey for Saijorung Molshoy. The young girl from Tripura (who is in her 20s) is currently working as an English teacher at the AIM for Seva Balika Vidyalaya, Khategaon, Madhya Pradesh. She is teaching girls from Classes 1 to 5, and enjoys teaching and spending time with young students.
The daughter of a domestic helper, Saijorung lost her father when she was barely two years old. Saijorung and her younger sister, Jemima, were raised single handedly by their mother.
Saijorung completed her schooling in Tripura. A turning point in her life occurred when she met Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of AIM for Seva, in Tripura in 2011. Then, Jemima and she learnt more about AIM for Seva through their cousin, Deshchandra Riyaang, an alumnus from Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Saijorung went on to pursue her Bach. degree in English from the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu (she completed her degree in 2019). While studying at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Saijorung stayed at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Senior) in Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu.
Talking about AIM for Seva’s impact on her life, Saijorung says the organisation played a critical role in developing her overall personality during her adolescent years. “I realised the importance of having a good education and respecting and valuing our culture,” she adds. Another big takeaway for her was the exposure to India’s multi-cultural and multi-lingual character from an early age. “The everyday way of life and culture in South India is very different from the Northeast. I am happy that I got exposed to a pluralistic tradition from early on,” says Saijorung.
Though Saijorung admits it was tough to adjust to new places every now and then, it has also been an enriching experience in terms of discovering and studying and working in different cities. Saijorung is planning to continue her education, and is keen to pursue an MBA (Masters in business administration). “I am very fortunate that I got to pursue my educational dreams from a secure boarding residential facility, which provides access to quality education, free of cost,” she says.
Saijorung’s younger sister, Jemima is also an AIM for Seva alumnus). She joined the Gayathri Devi AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls in Khategaon, Madhya Pradesh, in 2010, when she was in Class 8. Jemima completed her schooling from the AIM for Seva Balika Vidyalaya, Khategaon, Madhya Pradesh, in 2016. She joined Indus University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to pursue in 2017, and is currently in the second year of her BBA (Bach. in business administration). Jemima is looking to ‘fly high’ after she completes her higher studies. She says, “I have dreams of becoming an air hostess. I may even opt for a job in the government if I bag one.”