I am Ms. Shraddha C. Bhosle, studying in Final Year B. Tech (Textile) at VJTI, Mumbai. My parents passed away when I was 8 years old leaving behind us 3 children, our aunt and our grandmother. Our initial school education was funded mostly out of our father's fixed deposit money from the bank. My aunt had however decided to take care of us children and did not marry for our well-being as her priority in life. Our grandmother after her eye surgery couldn't help much as she was handicapped.
However, under the vigilance of my aunt and grandmother we sisters were able to complete our high school education. But, since there was shortage of funds in the family, we both sisters started working part-time during for our junior college years. As fate would have it, my sister met with an accident and was unable to pass her HSC. Finances were always shorthanded and hence my sisters decided to leave studies to ease our financial burdens also that we couldn’t afford education. She then decided to start working full time so that she can contribute to the family expenses. All five of us in our family were trying hard to sustain through it all.
Meanwhile, my grandmother’s health had deteriorated and her medical bills had started eating out of our monthly budget. To counter this, my brother and I decided to take up part time jobs to make ends meet. Some months later our grandmother passed away leaving behind a feeling of void in our lives. In quick succession my sister got married and she had to leave us. Now we were only 3 left in the family – me, my aunt and my brother.
My brother had failed in his 10th grade and decided to stop his education due to financial conditions. I was studying engineering and it was not possible to leave the education at this point in time. But my brother had decided to keep my education on track. He stopped his education, became my guardian took up a job and is trying his best to help me finish my education. However, I didn't want to put all burden on my brother with my education costs. Hence, I decided to start coaching students to get the extra money since the past one year.
Financial scarcity was always known in my family at every step of our lives, however, it was always compensated with the abundance of love in my family. I want to complete my education as soon as possible without any problems and get myself a job. My aim is to restart my brother's education and help him in his career. After my parents passing away, I received all the love I could get from my grandmother, my aunt, my sister and my brother. And I am blessed having them around.
However, I do not want to hurt any one of my family members in any possible way after all the sacrifices they have done for me, which is the reason why I have approached Harjai Foundation for help. I will be eternally grateful if I receive Harjai Foundation's scholarship which will help me in an immense way to reduce the burden of my education from my guardians.