Lulu Behmanshah was only a year old she was adopted from an orphanage. She was found abandoned on the railway tracks with injuries that led to her locomotor impairment. Because she is a floorwalker she and her family faced many challenges regarding accessibility. Many schools refused to admit her because of her disability.ReadMore...
Kiran Maurya is lively and witty. She and her family originally hail from a village in Bihar. Being visually impaired she was confined to the four walls of her home.ReadMore...
31 year old Srikanth, was born with speech and hearing impairment in Vijayawada. He has an elder and younger sister. His father is a carpenter while his mother is a housewife.ReadMore...
Nagajanani was born with speech and hearing impairment
She did her schooling from a special where she exceled in her studies and extracurricular activities. She maintained her top rankings throughout her schooling.ReadMore...
Ram is very hardworking, polite and determined. He comes from Wakodi Village, 15km from Ahmednagar city. He contracted polio when he was very young that left both his legs unusable. ReadMore...
Type of Disability: Locomotor impairment – Wheelchair User
Company: Quess Corp Limited (J. P. Morgan)
Lulu Behmanshah was only a year old she was adopted from an orphanage. She was found abandoned on the railway tracks with injuries that led to her locomotor impairment. Because she is a floorwalker she and her family faced many challenges regarding accessibility. Many schools refused to admit her because of her disability. As a result she missed out on a lot of education in her formative years. When she did manage to get into a school, she had to have a dedicated helper around to help her get in and out of the school van, get to class and so on.
Auto rickshaws were very insensitive towards her. They used to insist upon receiving payment in advance. And many times they used to drive off immediately upon receiving the advance payment. Years of ridicule and mistreatment resulted in Lulu becoming excessively conscious of her disability. Fearing further ridicule and mistreatment she dropped out after completing her 10th grade. She began learning computers at home eventually learning to type and to use MS Office.
Lulu is very independent and ambitious. She approached many companies for a job but despite her good communication skills and accessibility concerns, she was rejected in all the respective companies. And when she was able to get a job she found that the premises lacked working elevators and accessible toilets. On one occasion when she politely asked for a raise in her salary she was turned down and told "You won't get a raise as nobody else will hire you." Lulu left her a job did a course in fashion design after she was able to secure a sponsor for the course.
She learned about Youth4Jobs Foundation by connecting with the Founder-CEO, Ms. Meera Shenoy, at a conference. Through her reference she was enrolled into a short term training program in the Hyderabad Training Center. Her Resume was forwarded to several companies for interviews. While she was viewed favourably by the recruiters, she encountered problems regarding accessibility and was unable to join them. She was then interviewed at Quess Corp Limited for J. P. Morgan Chase as an Executive - Voice Processing. Her annual salary of just over Rs. 3 lakhs including traveling allowances. Lulu and her family are very happy with her perseverance and determination that led to her getting employment against all odds.
Type of Disability: Visual Impairment
Kiran Maurya is lively and witty. She and her family originally hail from a village in Bihar. Being visually impaired she was confined to the four walls of her home.
Though she wanted to pursue education she was forbidden by her conservative family and told to sit at home quietly. Her father was the only breadwinner of the family while her mother was a housewife. Her siblings were also engaged in daily wage labour.
Kiran wanted to help her family financially however nobody trusted her in her capability owing to her visual impairment. Kiran ended up in making ropes for meagre wages. Being ambitious and very determined she decided to look for opportunities elsewhere. When she learned about Youth4Jobs' Job-linked training programme Kiran made up her mind to enrol without delay. Her family however refused to support her. Being fiercely independent Kiran decided to commute to and from the Training Center all by herself for the duration of her 2 month training.
Her personality charmed everyone she met who was amazed at her positivity. Her love of poetry was evident in her ability to keep witty couplets on hand for all situations. Her charm, positivity and determination helped her secure a job at D'Mart where she worked as a Customer Sales Associate with an annual salary of nearly 1 lakh rupees. The ever determined and ambitious Kiran then took the bold step and switched to Samsung as a telecaller with an annual salary of nearly 2 lakh rupees (double her last salary).
"During the interview they asked me if I would be able to meet my targets. I told them that I can meet my targets. I said 'Don't worry I am smart.'" Kiran recalls with a chuckle.
Kiran earns now a princely salary in Surat. From being told to sit at home quietly, she is now the darling of the family as her father is out of a job. She is now the primary earner in her family and taking care of the entire family single-handedly.
Type of Disability: Hearing Impairment
Company: KFC Hyderabad
31 year old Srikanth, was born with speech and hearing impairment in Vijayawada. He has an elder and younger sister. His father is a carpenter while his mother is a housewife.
While Srikanth was enrolled into Boys' Town ITI College his principal referred him to Youth4Jobs Foundation.
On completion of his training Srikanth was provided an opportunity to interview for the position of Customer Sales Executive in one of the world largest QSR Chains – KFC in Hyderabad. Srikanth breezed through the interview rounds going on to join KFC on 15 September 2010. Srikanth has not looked back since. His efficiency, dedication, performance and work ethics ensured that Srikanth was noticed by the management.
Srikanth began his career with KFC as a Customer Sales Executive, a position he held for a year before being moved to the front end as a cashier. He then moved to the Kitchen where he not only cooked the meals but also looked after inventory. His attention to detail led him to being promoted to Product Champion (Quality Checker) by his third year. During this time Srikanth was looking after the various functions of KFC which included Front end and Back end operations. A year later Srikanth was promoted to Shift Manager and then again promoted the following year to the position of Assistant Restaurant Manager with an annual salary of nearly Rs. 3 lakh.
Recently the Global Head of KFC on his visit to India especially visited Hyderabad to meet Srikanth, one of the first speech and hearing persons to be promoted to Assistant Restaurant Manager in such a short span of time out of all of KFC's global outlets.
Srikanth is now able to support not just his parents and siblings but also a family of his own. Srikanth got married when he was promoted to Product Champion and is a now a proud parent to a healthy 6 month old child. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife and child along with his parents and siblings. Srikanth exclaims that he has become extremely confident about himself ever since he joined KFC and is no longer dependent on others.
Type of Disability: Speech & Hearing Impairment
Company: Synchrony International Services Pvt. Ltd
Nagajanani was born with speech and hearing impairment
She did her schooling from a special where she exceled in her studies and extracurricular activities. She maintained her top rankings throughout her schooling.
Though she was outstanding in her studies and extra-curricular, she could never move freely with other people. She was restricted to having friends with people who were also hearing impaired.
After her schooling Nagajanani pursued her Bachelor's in Computer Application. Her family was apprehensive of sending her as it wasn't a special college. But Nagajanani wanted to break her barriers and befriend people from the outside world.
She was the only girl with disability in her class and there was no sign language interpreter for her. She followed her classwork by lip reading, seeking help from her teachers and lots of self-study. It was an extremely difficult experience for Nagajanani to manage. But she persevered and once again passed her graduation in the top bracket.
The real test came at the time of campus placement. She would always clear the aptitude tests but would get turned down in the interviews citing her hearing impairment. The constant rejections based on her hearing impairment had begun to demoralise her. Her morale further fell when her college placement cell themselves were unable to place her using their personal connections because of her disability.
It was at that time, her teachers and the college placement cell came in touch with Youth4Jobs. They requested Youth4Jobs to help Nagajanani get a job she deserved and worked so hard for. Through Youth4Jobs, Nagajanani was placed at Synchrony International Services Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad. There were five levels of interviews that she cleared one by one.
"The support we got from Youth for jobs through the employment process was unbelievable. The happiness we feel today cannot be quantified. Today after four months of employment we see NagaJanani as a self-confident and independent woman working at par with her colleagues. Youth for jobs to us is nothing but a miracle that has changed our lives for the best."
Type of Disability: Locomotor Impairment (69%)
Success Story: Ahmednagar Centre
Ram is very hardworking, polite and determined. He comes from Wakodi Village, 15km from Ahmednagar city. He contracted polio when he was very young that left both his legs unusable. He never let his disability get in his way though, always pursuing education and employment. His Father, now retired, was the sole breadwinner of the family, while his mother is a housewife. Ram's family consists of his parents and two elder brothers. The brothers are working and together support the family with their combined annual income of less than Rs. 50,000/-.
Mobility for Ram is extremely difficult due to his disability. It's also difficult for Ram to use public transport and even climb stairs. Yet despite his difficulties and hailing from a rural area Ram completed his schooling and went on to earn his graduate degree in B.Sc. (Computer Science). Ram earned an additional diploma in Motor Calibration. On completion of his graduation Ram was very eager to get a job just like every other student that passes through college. However unlike every other student Ram was rejected from appearing for interviews purely because of his disability. He continued to hunt for jobs at many places but could not succeed. The employers never bothered to look at his Abilities beyond his physical disability. The constant rejection and being jobless made Ram very demotivated.
Ram learned about Youth4Jobs' Placement-Linked Training program through Ads in the local newspaper as well as stickers pasted inside State Transport buses. Having no any other alternative, Ram enrolled into the batch. During training it was observed that Ram was very eager learn new things and was very participative. Ram successfully completed his 2 months' training wherein he also took the initiative of teaching Computers to other candidates.
Ram's pleasant demeanor, etiquettes and polite manners helped him during the interview at Akash Precision Pvt. Ltd. Where he was hired as a Machine Operator with an annual salary of nearly Rs. 90,000/-, which is significantly higher than both his brothers' incomes combined. Starting off as a trainee, his supervisors were wary of his disability and had doubts whether he would be able to work comfortably, but looking at his performance his superiors are now very happy with Ram, giving him higher responsibilities and taking part in company meetings. His colleagues and supervisors are immensely happy with his inputs and initiatives.
The environment at his home has also changed drastically at his home where he is no longer is looked at as an unemployed burden and is treated with great respect.