I am Mukta Anant Survase, from Shikhrapur Village, Pune. I lost my husband – our family's sole bread-winner – one year ago, and the responsibility for my two daughters fell solely on me.
It was important for me to start working to provide for my two little daughters. However, I had studied only till Std. 12 and was not sure about what field to work in. Several companies rejected me because I am a widow. The stress of not being able to provide for my daughters made me so unwell that I was hospitalised. Later, a relative suggested that I join the Bedside Assistant course run jointly by K.E.M. Hospital Research Center and LTPCT at Talegaon-Dhamdhere.
Along with skills, I also learnt conversational English, basic computers & life-skills training.
This has added value to my overall personality. Unfortunately, it was during this time that I lost my father, who had been my main support. Thankfully, my friends, the instructor and the whole Center stood by my side and gave me the strength to face this calamity.
After completing the theoretical portion in class, I went for practical training to Shri Krishna Hospital in Talegaon. There, I had the opportunity to learn a lot. I was then offered a job at the same hospital, and am able to provide for my girls with my ` 5,500 monthly salary. Joining the course was a boon. I am very thankful to K.E.M. Hospital Research Centre, Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust and the Women Development Centre in Pabal.