Amoga is a single-parent child – her father died in a road accident. With no support forthcoming from relatives, her mother took up a job as an Anganwadi staff in her village. As her mother's meagre income couldn't support Amoga and her sister's private-school education, they had to drop out.
The siblings scored well in the evaluation test at Isha Vidhya Cuddalore and were granted scholarships. Amoga joined in Grade 6 and has always been a class topper. She feels that she is driven to do well so that she can help her mother and that's why she's always been a school topper. Amoga has just completed Grade 12 with flying colors and is intent on excelling in studies to become an IAS officer and serve people.
Amoga excels in oration and has won many prizes in oration, art, and athletics. She says that every time she wins a prize, it is a boost to her self-confidence and validates her belief that anything can be achieved with diligence.
Harini, who studies on a scholarship in Grade 7 at Isha Vidhya Dharmapuri, has trudged a difficult journey this far. Her father was an alcoholic who habitually abused his wife and was diagnosed with brain cancer. He couldn't be saved despite the family spending INR 3 lakhS for his treatment.
Her mother now runs a shop and also does tailoring from home to feed her 5 children but is still unable to meet their basic needs.
While her siblings study at a government school, Harini is doing well at Isha Vidhya – she's diligent and meticulous with her classwork and homework, and an active participant in class discussions. She has won prizes in athletics at the school level.
Harini loves the computer and math classes and says that she is always trying to do her best at academics to make her mother happy and support her. She wants to become a doctor – like the doctor next door, and work to serve poor people in villages.
Deepasri and her younger brother study on scholarships at Isha Vidhya Dharmapuri. Her parents are not educated – her father is a two-wheeler mechanic and her mother is a tailor, but both their incomes put together are insufficient to fund the education of the siblings.
This class topper is now in Grade 10 and says that her teachers inspire her and have helped build her self-confidence. Deepasri's teachers are pleased with her performance, especially her English teacher who finds her a curious and promising learner, attentive in class, with no qualms about asking questions to clarify concepts and deepen her understanding.
Deepasri is grateful for the opportunity she got to develop new skills every day through different activities, maintain good health with Yoga, and also to exhibit her talent in sports. She has won prizes in athletics at the school and district levels and wants to pursue sports at college too.
She aspires to study B.Sc. in Nursing – inspired by the nurses whom she has seen at work in hospitals.
Thangamari, an alumna of Isha Vidhya Tuticorin, has strived to do well academically and was inspired by her school teachers to venture into the textile business. She is currently studying BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) at Raja Lakshmi College of Arts and Science.
All her efforts and aspirations are driven by her family situation. Her father is a daily wage earner who is unable to undertake strenuous work due to an old injury so her mother works hard to make ends meet. From childhood Thangamari was deeply disturbed to witness her mother going from door to door in the village, collecting garbage to earn a living, but even that was never enough.
Thangamari's parents were reassured in the knowledge that Isha Vidhya was the custodian for her education. Besides the scholarship that gave her the confidence to strive and do well academically, Thangamari liked Yoga, the discipline, the environment, and all the celebrations at Isha Vidhya.
She's all charged up to graduate and do well professionally to alleviate her family's standard of living.
Devi joined Isha Vidhya Nagercoil in lower kindergarten. She lost her father in an accident when she was in Grade 5. Her mother is a school dropout and had no financial support from anyone. But, this didn't shake her mother's resolve to educate her children despite the dire straits they were thrown into – they slept hungry many a time. After a 2-year struggle, her mother landed a job in a fishnet company and earns a meagre INR 5000 a month. While her brother studies in a government school, Devi studies on a scholarship at Isha Vidhya.
Devi is now in Grade 11 and over the years, she has done well in sports and has won prizes in athletics at the school and district level. She says that her motivating teachers, Yoga and the school atmosphere make her feel good and encourage her to strive to do well.
Devi admires the service of the police and is inspired by Kiran Bedi, the first woman IPS officer of the country, and wants to become a police officer like her.
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