Monthly Archives: April 2013

YEP Students Amalin, Pradnya and Safina Share Their Stories

Amalin is Catholic and attends mass regularly. The mass is conducted in English, so she would like to be able to understand it fully. Her friends at college speak English, and she would like to improve her fluency so she can join them. Her family is originally from Tamil Nadu, and she speaks Tamil at home. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a barber in Dharavi. Amalin is a second year Commerce student at college. She would ultimately like to work in an airport as someone who greets passengers on the ticket desk.

Pradnya has two children, who are three and six years old. They attend an English-medium school, and Pradnya would like to be able to help them and to communicate effectively with teachers. Formerly Pradnya trained as a nurse, but now she has children she can’t work full time. She is looking for a part-time job to support her family. Her husband is an interior designer in Pune and stays there for 15 days at a time.

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Meet YEP Students Zaiba, Afshan and Vaishali

Zaiba came to the Youth Empowerment Program to improve her English and computer skills after completing both the HSC in Commerce and a tailoring course in Dharavi. Zaiba hopes to enrol on a telecommunications course at Bhavans College, Churni Road. She is a talented painter, and wanted to become a graphic designer, but her parents would prefer her to find a job in computing.

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Meet YEP Students Paresh, Jiten And Nisha

Paresh is currently a second year commerce student. His ambition is to become a chartered accountant or to be a real estate broker. He has lived in Dharavi all his life. His father is a carpenter and his mother is a housewife. Paresh thinks English language will be essential for job interviews, and for his future business ambitions. He would also like to be able to speak with his friends in college. In his free time, Paresh likes to hang out with friends and to play cricket.

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Meet YEP Students Reshma, Ahmed And Sharukh

Reshma is a first year student on an Arts degree programme, which includes a mixture of languages, geography and economics. Her father works in a bakery in Dharavi. She is very busy, juggling college classes, the Youth Empowerment programme and caring for her mother, who is unwell. She eventually hopes to become a teacher in a government school. Once she has finished her degree, she will embark on a two
year teacher training program.

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Meet YEP Students Afreen, Gowardhan And Pratiksha

Afreen lives in Dharavi with her mother, four brothers and one sister. She has already completed the HSC and the theoretical part of a nursing course. Once she has done the practical element she will be in a position to apply for a job at a government hospital. When she is not busy with household duties, Afreen does yoga, which she learned from a TV channel, in her free time. She wants be able to speak English as easily as she speaks Hindi or Urdu.

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