Amol Ravi Chavhan
From Helper to Beautician in a Club Beauty Salon
Amol passed out of Mahadji Shinde High School in 2012. He comes from an economically weak background as his father runs a small flowers and garland shop. Until Std X he used to work as a part time helper in a shop in Kondhwa, Pune earning just Rs. 1000/- pm.
In 2012, he completed the Beautician’s course offered by GREAT Foundation to Std X students in his school. After the course, he began using his beautician’s skills – taking orders for hair cut, make up, pedicure, facial, bleach and bridal makeup. His earnings went up to Rs. 4000/-pm. Then the GREAT Foundation faculty directed to him to a Beauty Salon inside the Corinthian Club, Pune where he now earns Rs. 8000/- pm, alongside completing his college.
To become nothing less than an Officer or Professor
Daughter of a domestic help, Gautamee Mukund Randive, former student of Dr. Ambedkar Technical Memorial High School (Sholapur Bazaar) passed the SSC exam with 82%. After passing out, she was supported with a college scholarship from GREAT Foundation.
In 2014, she completed her M.A in Marathi in 2014 from Pune University with 78%. With two younger sisters and no support from her father who abandoned them long ago, her journey to success has but not been easy but is inspiring. She dreams of becoming a Class I Officer, like the protagonist of the TV serial ‘Udaan’ which shows the struggle and success of a woman becoming a Police Officer. Her favorite reading is books of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar whose words that
“we should pursue our studies and aim to work in the shade and not in the sun”, have beckoned her on in spite of hardships.
Supported by GREAT Foundation, she has appeared for NET. She is now preparing to appear for SET because her alternative professional choice is to complete her M. Phil from Pune University and become a lecturer. GREAT Foundation will support her in all further studies and see that this focussed and intelligent young woman realizes her life’s ambitions.
Gutsy Engineer in the Making
Komal Lawand’ story is a narrative of determination and pluck. Passing out of Ghorpadi Village High School with 80.1%, she wanted to become an engineer but didn’t have the money. So she enrolled for a Diploma in Engineering Computers and cycled seven kms daily to college and back to attend classes. GREAT Foundation supported her for the three years until she completed the course in 2014 with a distinction. In June 2014 she enrolled for an engineering degree. Daughter of a poor cycle repairer, the fee for the Computer Science Engineering degree course was exorbitant. Once again GREAT Foundation stepped in to support her last year and this year. One more year after that and she will graduate as a full fledged computer science engineer, an incredible feat for her. She is currently in III year Computer Science Engineering College, Pune.
15 year old Tressa Jovis student of Rabinndranath Tagore English Medium School topped her school in the SSC exams in 2014-15 with 71.40% marks. She belonged to the schools’ first batch appearing for the SSC exams.
Tressa’s father is a tea seller. She is the first member of her family to have completed SSC. Her first reaction on topping her school was, “I was shocked. I never expected to score 71% marks! I thanked God, my Teachers and GREAT Foundation who helped me”. Her ambition is to become a Science teacher. Tressa has now joined Poona College and is studying Science.
GREAT Foundation had supported Std X batch by providing Science, Maths and Computer teachers to help the students achieve good results in the SSC Board exams. The batch scored 100 % results in the Board exams. GREAT Foundation had also arranged a year long study skills workshops for the students to train them how to use study skills for effective learning and better retention in the exams.
Unique X’mas Card Painting Competition
A X’mas card painting competition was organized by Top Source and GREAT Foundation in 20 . The competition was held in three schools where all the children from Stds VII to X participated. Four of the best entries from the participating schools were selected by the judges. The 12 prize winning paintings of X’mas cards were printed by Top Source, UK and were distributed to their clients across the world. The competition brought out the best talent among the students some of who even Indianized Santa Claus and the X’mas tree with ingenuity. The remaining cards were sold and the money was used to buy books for the children.
Tanaji Kailas Kolekar
Mind Scrub Technologies, Pune. I am from economically weak background. My father passed away when I was six. So I live with my mother who works as a daily wage worker. I had to face many difficulties and had a hard time.
I have faced very hard circumstances for getting my basic education done. I could somehow manage my primary education and went on till passing my 12th grade. Then GREAT Foundation helped me by providing me a yearly scholarship to pay my college fees. I really thank them for this divine help in the most critical situation. I can never forget their help.
I graduated in 2014 in Computer Science Engineering from Dr. D Y Patil Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chinchwad and am working as software developer since then.