Anshu Kumar Maurya

Four years ago, Anshu probably would not have known that he’ll encounter an opportunity to stir change in his life while he was at a playground. He fondly recalls how Arvind Lokhande, a former Change Leader at Bright Future approached him and his group of friends, offering bags, new clothes and a chance to learn operating a computer.

Hailing from Nalasopara East, Anshu Kumar Maurya has completed the Livelihood Program, a three-months’ long course at Bright Future and also worked as a Change Leader himself for one and a half years at Bright Future. After this, he also worked with Magic Bus India Foundation for another year and a half, and is currently doing volunteer work with Yuva.

Upon being asked about his time at Bright Future he shares, “I always thought that the knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for learning how to operate a computer. But that’s not the case. You don’t need English to learn a computer and anyone can learn something if they really try.”

He also mentions how enriching the knowledge gain and skill development process had been for him at the center. His confidence increased significantly and he could speak in front of multiple people without faltering like before. He recounts his days as a memorable period.

Anshu is planning to stick to the field of social work, having been guided and motivated well by his mentors and the people he interacted through the course of his journey so far. This is truly a great example of giving back to the community and thriving.

To know more about Bright Future’s Livelihood Program that helped Anshu,

visit our webpage

Hopes for the future- Ashutosh

Ashutosh found Bright Future while dwelling in the slum areas near Ghatkopar. Coming from humble beginnings, this meeting became a chance for driving in change. During his time at the organization, he learnt English Communication, Work Place Readiness skills and customer relations. He was also groomed for interviews and understood how to introduce and conduct oneself during an interview.

Recounting the development, he experienced, Ashutosh says, “I used to be very conscious about speaking in front of four to five people. But now I can speak well on any given topic. I’ve also given lectures on specific topics now.”

Ashutosh is thankful for the mentors from Bright Future who helped him try to get admission into JP Morgan but due to his mother battling a serious illness, he couldn’t get into it. He then started working at TCS but later resigned during the lockdown to pursue an animation course.

Currently working from home, Ashutosh aims at honing this skill and working for the start-up he is planning along with his friend. He also hopes for the children living in slums to get the same shot at learning and education as he did so that everyone’s lives could head towards a better path.

Rajashree Mitbaukar

Rajashree Mitbaukar comes from a humble background and currently lives in Bhandup with her husband and son. Having failed to clear her 10th Standard Board Exams, Rajashree had lost confidence in herself. In 2019, she got married and came to Mumbai and soon got busy with her responsibilities as a mother and other household chores. She came across Bright Future in 2017 through the Community Campaigns and saw an opportunity to resurrect her career.

Having faced failure, Rajashree doubted her abilities and lacked confidence to talk to other people. She had the desire to continue her education, but was unable to do so. When she found out about Bright Future, she was keen to be a part of the program which would provide her an opportunity to take a step forward towards her dream. However, on enquiring more about the organization, it came to her notice that she was older than the age limit mentioned. This did not stop her from enrolling in the course as she was supported by the mentors and facilitators at Bright Future.

She became a part of the Bright Future Family in 2017 when she joined the Bhandup Center. She learnt many communication techniques, etiquettes and overall skill development which played an important role in bringing her confidence back. She says that the motivation received from the mentors at Bright Future, encouraged her to keep studying and stand up on her own feet. 

She completed her HSC and is now pursuing BCom from NES Ratnam College. She parallelly teaches kindergarten students in group tuitions. She also loves to take up small courses such as English speaking, stitching and beauty parlor courses to keep herself engaged in productive tasks. She believes in giving back to society and tries to contribute as much as she can. She keeps encouraging other students around her to remain dedicated to their studies and hopes that they find guidance in their lives, like she did. 

Meet Soham from Dharavi

This is the story of a dream that began in the largest slums of Asia – Dharavi, Mumbai. An introverted boy, Soham, lost his parents and now lives with his two elder sisters. Soham used to spend most of his time reading in the school library. Apart from being an avid reader, he enjoyed playing cricket as well. He coached students to help take care of his family and manage his personal expenses. However, this income was not enough to meet his educational expenses.

This is when Bright Future came along! Here, he met like-minded youngsters, made friends and started enjoying their company. He was placed and is currently working in the Customer Service Department of Reliance Mart, Goregaon East. This job opportunity has given him better clarity about his career goals. This work experience has helped him become more independent and taught him how to balance his studies and work better.He dreams of working in the corporate sector in a managerial role and feels that Bright Future has motivated him towards his goal.

Soham has now started preparing for the MBA-CET. We wish him all the best!

Story of Suman Mourya

Suman Mourya

Imagine reaching an interview 4 hours late because your father is not supportive of your career!
This is the life of Suman Mourya, dictated by an orthodox father who discontinued her school post 7th std. He objected to Suman venturing out alone for even using a community toilet. Her friends introduced her to Bright Future, where focus is clear – underprivileged youth wanting to carve a better life and to learn how to confidently step into the world of work. Her first milestone was convincing him to join this course, where Suman turned her life around, learnt conversational skills, confidence, imbibed presentation and dressing skills.

It was for this interview, arranged by BF, that she set out like a spirited soul from her home not knowing the exact address. She reached her first interview 4 hours late, in a complete disheveled state, yet she was immediately on boarded with a salary of 5,200. Today she is earning more than 3 lakhs per annum and helps her brother with his studies and her father for his business. Her once orthodox father now encourages other men to educate their daughters and support them in their independent careers.

This entire struggle seems completely worthwhile when Suman says that now her family allows her to relax and unwind.

Proud recipient of Guide Star India Platinum Seal!

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We are proud to share that Bright Future has been awarded with the Guide Star India Platinum Seal which is the highest level of recognition given by Guide Star India to the NGOs who demonstrate transparency and accountability in their functions and processes.

Guide Star India is India’s largest and most reliable NGO information repository. It is a fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 9,000 NGOs. More than 1,200 of these organisations have undergone varying levels of due diligence forming India’s largest pool of certified NGOs. Guide Star India is transforming how Indian NGOs report and share information, and, is changing the way the people perceive, interact and engage with NGOs. 

Volunteering at Bright Future (2018-19)

Here’s a shout-out to all organizations who have supported Bright Future through exposure visits, career mentoring, mock interviews, interview preparation, and much more!

We are hugely grateful for your support in the year 2018-19. We look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association.

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Corporates:

JPM, Kalpataru, ACG, HDFC Life, CLP India, Citi Bank, Aditya Birla, Burger King, Cafe Coffee Day, Club Mahindra, Intelnet global services, Crowtech, Eureka forbes, Job angels, Pizza hut, Mondelez, Sequel one, Pantaloons, Mansi herbal company, Tata Chemicals

NGO Volunteer Partners:

iVolunteer, Connectfor, Goodera

Educational Institutes:

SNDT, SIES, ITM, Kudal’s College of Social Work

If you’re looking to volunteer or partner with us for volunteering, please contact us at 9167562451 or volunteermentor@brightfutureindia.org. Here’s the link to the Volunteer With Us website page.

 

 

 

A story of re-joining education and inspiration…

12. Stories of Change 1

Pooja Jaiswar comes from a very humble background and lives in Vatsalatai Nagar a slum area in Mumbai with her parents and four siblings. Father runs a small tailoring business and mother is a house-wife who looks after the daily chores at home. Two of Pooja’s elder brothers have moved out of their house and settled outside Mumbai for their jobs. Pooja’s eldest brother works in his friend’s cloths store and contributes very little to their family’s expenses.

When Pooja was pursuing her SYB.Com, her father had a long spell of sickness as he was suffering from malaria and dengue. Owing to her father’s illness Pooja could not continue her education and had to drop out from college to look after her younger sister at home. Pooja was very disheartened when she had to leave her college and did not know how she could constructively help her family. This is when she came in contact with Bright Future’s team in the community through a friend. Pooja grabbed this opportunity to upgrade her skills and joined the Youth Development Training Center where she got inputs for developing her personality, being work-ready and also different learning opportunities from guest lecturers who came to the center.

Pooja’s family values were a bit conservative when it came to women in their family which often restricted her mobility, her interaction with boys of her age and the kind of clothes she could wear. During the 3 months training program, Pooja’s parents attended workshops organized for them by Bright Future which helped them to build their perspective about how positive parenting can enable and empower their daughter to be independent as well as responsible. The frequent interactions by Bright Future team with them changed their mindset and they started being more accepting about Pooja’s decision to work post her training program as well as the formal dress code that she will have to wear at her workplace. Pooja meanwhile also started performing well in her Computer lessons as well as her communication skills in English improved. With this new sense of achievement and support from her family, Pooja was very confident and looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life, post the training program. Through Bright Future’s placement assistance, Pooja secured a job as Sales Associate at Big Bazaar in R City Mall in Ghatkopar, Mumbai where she works with few of her batch mates from Bright Future training program.

Pooja now has resumed her studies and is pursuing her graduation while doing her job. She is very hopeful about her future and is once again a cheerful person like before. Pooja also recognizes her responsibility towards society and hence spares some time to participate in Bright Future’s awareness activities through Drama For Development program. Recently, Pooja and her sister Aarti together planned and supported financial expenses of the redevelopment of their house and the joy and pride on the faces of their parents was a sight to behold!!

A story of grit and resilience…

13. Stories of Change 2

Khemchand Ramlal Kurdia, is the youngest of the 3 siblings and stayed with his parents in a low-income community in Chembur area of Mumbai. His elder brother moved to another city permanently after he got married and the elder sister lived with them. Khemchand’s father had a small business of making shoes and mother used to work as a domestic help to support the family.

When Khemchand was in grade 12, his father passed away due to severe illness which was a big shock to the family. Grief-stricken Khemchand barely managed to complete his 12th grade and later had to look after the father’s business which was already not doing well. During the same period, Khemchand’s elder sister also got married which left just Khemchand and his mother to look after each other. His mother kept working as domestic help and Khemchand was trying hard to bring the business back. As the business was already doing bad Khemchand could do very little from saving it from closing down due to losses incurred post his father’s sudden death. Khemchand was extremely low and lonely during this phase due to sudden departure of his father and sister moving away from him. He was clueless about his future and mother’s wellbeing as well.

Khemchand came across Bright Future’s Training program when he was struggling to find a job to support his mother. A brief discussion with Bright Future team gave him an idea on how he could develop his communication skills which will help him secure a steady job. Khemchand signed up for the 3 months program and started coming regularly to the sessions. Meeting other people of his age and spending time with them in the class, helped Khemchand open up and make good friends. He developed his communications skills in English language with the activity-based learning inputs given by the facilitator in the class. With the progress he saw in himself, Khemchand’s was confident that he will get a good job post his training and his dream really came true. Post the training, through Bright Future’s placement assistance Khemchand secured a job in Crosswords Bookstore in Vashi. Khemchand’s mother is very proud of her child who has stood by her through thick and thin and today supports her by doing a job based on his merit. A boy, who had once given up on life, has today overcame his hardships and has received awards and appreciation at work for his outstanding customer service skills. We at Bright Future are very proud of Khemchand’s grit and resilience!!

A story of journey towards independence and responsibility…

14. Stories of Change 3

Mamta Kanwar Shekhawat, lives with her parents and 4 brothers, total 9 members in a small one room house in Prakash Mill Compound area in Lower Parel. Mamta’s father hails from Rajasthan and moved to Mumbai for seeking employment. Having completed his education only till grade 4, he worked in a mill and started his family in Mumbai. Mamta’s mother has never been to school and always stayed at home to look after her children especially Mamta’s younger brother who is differently abled. Mamta’s eldest brother, the first graduate from his family, is married and has two children. Mamta’s youngest brother has completed 9th grade and is not interested in continuing his education further.

When Mamta and her elder brothers were young, Mamta’s father was not willing to send them to school due to financial constraints. Mamta’s mother being uneducated wanted her children to go to school and make a better life for themselves. On mother’s insistence, Mamta was enrolled in nearest Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal School along with her brothers. Mamta’s father had severe alcohol addiction issues due to which the environment at home was not very conducive for the development of the siblings. Despite of the frequent fights at home for money and father’s alcohol issues; Mamta completed her 10th grade as she wanted to support her mother by taking responsibility of her own life. Not knowing her actual interests and passion, Mamta followed her peers to pursue further education in Commerce field in Siddharth College in Mumbai only with a dream to get a good job, be independent and support her family. Meanwhile, Mamta’s both brothers had started working and the family felt that things would change for better. But soon tragedy struck the family when Mamta’s elder brother passed away in a freak bike accident within a week after her eldest brother got married. Mamta decided to stay back in her native town to look after her grief-stricken mother. She only returned to Mumbai after 8 months, as only 3 months were left for 12th grade exam. Mamta requested her tuition class teacher to give her extra lessons and managed to pick up on the lost lessons and appear for her 12th Grade exams.

After Mamta completed her Bachelors in Commerce, Mamta’s mother wanted her to learn stitching for earning a living and work at home. Mamta felt the need to upgrade her skills to secure a job and that’s when she got to know about Bright Future’s Youth Development and Training Center. Mamta’s mother was approached by Bright Future team and counselled on what value Bright Future course would add to Mamta’s personality and her job prospects in market. Seeing that Mamta’s mother was not keen on sending Mamta to work, the team convinced her mother that the course will empower her daughter to be independent, support their family as father could no longer work due to sickness and thus take charge of her situation and life as a whole. Mamta then joined the 3 months program from May 2015 and started coming to the center every day. During the course she picked up computer skills, communication skills, developed awareness about development sector and also learnt that there are so many others like her who need guidance from organisations like Bright Future. Mamta was not inclined to work in a Mall or any Retail outlet instead she wanted to do something more meaningful and fulfilling and that’s when the opportunity to work with Bright Future as a receptionist came along. Mamta’s mother was delighted that she will be based out of office and with an organisation and with people she already knew from her training program.

Mamta started working from January 2016 as a receptionist but she was very skeptical if she will be able to pull it off. Kishor Palve, Bright Future’s Founder, personally gave Mamta inputs on how she could improve on her office administration skills and she soon developed skills in receiving people and calls on reception, interacting with vendors, managing basic recruitment processes under HR Manager’s guidance. Being curious about all that people did around her at work, Mamta took the onus of her learning and learnt documentation, excel and basic HR processes by finding mentors on her own. When the existing HR Manager moved out of Bright Future, it was Mamta who was assigned the responsibility of managing the function till a new person was hired in that place. Keeping in mind her performance during that phase, potential and openness to learn, she was promoted to Human Resources Assistant’s position from May 2017.

Mamta sees a lot of changes in her in form of her ability to critically analyse, emotionally more stable, ability to learn from her environment and more responsible. She also learnt how peer pressure affects youth, other issues related to youth and how to use positive disciplining for change which helped her relate to the issues faced by her younger brother who got into a bad company and had to be talked out of it. On personal front, Mamta is able to establish better relationships, resolves conflicts at home and takes responsibility of members of her family. She also encourages her sister-in-law to be more independent by giving her more exposure to the world outside their home. Mamta’s mother says, “She has grown a lot and has become independent and takes care of all of us.” Mansi, Mamta’s supervisor at work, says,” Mamta is very hardworking, always willing to learn new things at work and uses feedback positively to improve her work.” Kishor says, “Mamta is very honest and assertive when it comes to expressing her thoughts and opinions. She has developed good people management skills and works well with external and internal stakeholders of the organisation.” It is very heart-warming to see Mamta’s transformation into an independent and responsible young girl!!