Success Story: Anuradha Chauhan
Agarkar Night School
The story of Anuradha Chauhan will inspire you more than you can imagine.
Anuradha has had a hard life: She married in 2005, but was widowed within one year of her marriage. By then she had a new-born baby to care for, and so she moved back to her parental home. Her parents’ house is a small 10ft by 10ft room in a slum in Worli, which accommodates 9 of Anuradha’s family members. To supplement the family income, Anuradha took up work as a house maid.
In the midst of all these extreme challenges, school was the last thing on Anuradha’s mind. As fate would have it, she one day happened to meet Mr.Patil, headmaster of Agarkar Night School, who sensed that Anuradha was gifted, and who motivated her to enrol at his night school and continue her education.
Anuradha’s parents also supported her in her decision to return to school, and she was admitted to Std.10. Although there would be times she arrived late to class after being held up with her housemaid work, the teachers at Agarkar Night School were understanding and accommodating. They say they could see she was a sharp and intelligent student who had promise of doing extremely well if supported.
Anuradha exceeded all expectations this year when she achieved an outstanding 91% in her SSC exam. She is the first student from Masoom-supported night schools to ever appear on the SSC Merit List.
“I really appreciate the kind of support I received during my SSC preparation,” she says, “The extra classes, reference guides and study notes provided by Masoom were invaluable to me. The Masoom Team members really motivated me and I got the confidence to do my best.”
Anuradha is now on the course of a bright future. She has taken admission to Agarkar Night Junior College in the Commerce stream.
“I feel I have been able to change not only my own life but also my daughter’s,” she concludes.