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Razia

Growing up in Topsia area, Razia was lucky to have parents willing to support her education. Only daughter among 2 other siblings, Razia grew up with the determined aspiration to become a Nurse. Returning from school every day, she met a friend (worker at a shoe factory) who made her feel special and they promised support to each other. Razia decide to marry him and her family against her family’s wishes as she had just completed class 12 and they wanted her to study further. But she had made up her mind and decided to leave home and pursue what they thought was going to make them happy. The first few months were good but soon her unskilled husband had financial difficulties. Matters got worse as Razia was expecting and with each passing day her man was getting abusive which she put down to their financial condition, hoping it would improve with time.

Abuse, alcohol and lack of money forced Razia to seek her parents’ support who agreed because of the their daughter”s medical condition. Soon Ayesha – Razia’s daughter became a reason for their happiness.
The economics however didn’t change. Abuse and alcohol kept increasing till one fateful night Razia and her daughter were were thrown out of their home. She decided never to go back. Her family stood by her , gave her shelter but she wanted to make it more worthwhile for herself and her daughter.

Razia had no income and got Ayesha to Ek Tara as it was a free English medium education in 2013.
A notice outside Ek Tara in June 2014 for an “aya” was our first interaction with Razia. We were shocked to see and frankly disappointed too, because a girl having completed class 12 was pleading for a job as an ayah in the Montessori for just Rs. 1200 a month.
In just 6 months Ek Tara had an opening for a Montessori helper and Razia happily agreed to take this on with the condition that she will have to undergo Montessori training. Now she had little money and she signed up for a nursing course that she always wanted to pursue. The next one and a half year was chaotic as she was working during the day and running to study and interning at a nursing home at night.
June 2016, Razia the fighter, finally reached her goal. She completed her course and had several offers at leading hospitals in the city. She however wanted to stay at Ek Tara and work in the health programme which she has been leading since October 2016. She does all first aid, parental awareness programs/ workshops, health classes with kids, doctors check up and medical camps.

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