Shivu had to discontinue his studies, when his parents moved to Bengaluru in search of work from their native village. Away from his village, his school and friends, Shivu was eager to pursue his studies and kept looking for ways to do so. But his family was not in a position to support his education financially.
Soon, he was discovered by a Youth For Seva (YFS) volunteer – Latha Rao, who was determined to provide a sound education to slum children and children of construction workers. Starting with an informal class in a temple, Latha’s school grew into two non-formal schools with 50-60 students, four full-time teachers and several volunteers.
Shivu met Latha and saw a ray of hope. Latha spoke to his parents and convinced them to send the boy for non-formal schooling. Shivu’s dream was coming true – he could finally study.
Shivu is now a diploma holder in mechanics and has been placed in a reputed company as a trainee with a package of ₹2 lakh per annum. However, Shivu’s journey since then, has been full of ups and downs. The biggest setback being, losing his parents at an early age. He stays with his sister’s family now, but with his salary, he is able to contribute to the family’s income.
Shivu is now as an independent, confident and a brave individual, who looks after his family. His story has served as an inspiration for several other students at the non-formal school, who got admission into a government school and are now going to college. “I found a guiding light, while treading a dark pathway. Now I will be the light for others,” says Shivu.