Bangalore: Poverty is no barrier to success for those who are hardworking and dedicated. Geetha D.G. has just proved that. She has secured 94.88 per cent in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination. Supported by Prerana, a non-governmental organisation, Geetha, the daughter of a construction worker and a domestic help, aspires to become a scientist.
“My parents are in no position to afford my education. Prerana has offered to help me pursue higher studies,” she says. A student of National High School, Basavanagudi, Geetha says she owes her success to her parents and Prerana.
“Our annual income is Rs. 40,000. We pay a monthly rent of Rs. 1,200 for the house we live in. With so many expenses to be taken care of, it is difficult for my father to pay for my education,” she added.
Yet, she is determined to score well in the SSLC examination. Although Prerana has assured her that it will pay for her education, Geetha wants to work part-time after her Pre-University Course and support her family.
She aspires to follow in the footsteps of the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and plans to focus on chemistry as the major subject of study.
Geetha is just one among the many students supported by Prerana. “The NGO has been supporting poor children since 2000, by paying their college fees, providing textbooks and individual coaching,” said Shivakumar Sajjan, Prerana Project Manager, Bangalore. He said they had helped 4,800 students in 20 districts in the State and 555 in Bangalore alone.