I was very young when my father passed away. None of our relatives were willing to help us, so my mother was the only member of the family earning any money. This meant we had to move into a small house in a very poor community. There were days when we had no electricity, and sometimes no food to eat. My mother had to borrow money, and could not afford to put me or my brothers into a school.

Eventually, my mother sought the help of the Pauline Bhawan children’s home, who took me in and looked after me. I started going to school and eating proper meals. I remember making good friends for the first time.

I really loved school and wanted to pursue an English degree, but I was required to graduate out of the care home when I turned 18. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to study further, as I might need to work to support my family.  

Being a girl, this city makes you feel very vulnerable. But RAMP has taught me to be more independent

However, I am now a part of RAMP. I am studying an English honours degree, and I have nearly completed my studies. I also have a part-time job giving private tuition to young students, and have learnt lots of new skills to help me live independently and take care of my family.

When I left the home, I was very worried about how I would cope with the world outside. Especially being a girl, this city makes you feel very vulnerable. But RAMP has taught me to be more independent. I have learnt to budget, and take care of my own finances. My dreams for the future is that I am one day able to look after my family.