Jyoti: A dream come true

Jyoti was one of the eldest child in her family residing in Trilok Puri in Delhi. Due to poor financial condition of her family she was compelled to discontinue her studies. But Jyoti wanted to study. She wanted to achieve something in life that had meaning. She wanted to improve her family’s situation and help her younger siblings to get education. In 2013 she got involved with Kanshiram Welfare Foundation and enrolled in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Program. AYV, a partnership of Adobe Foundation and American India Foundation empowers youth from the underprivileged communities to communicate and share their ideas using multimedia and digital tools. She actively participated and performed well in the program. The appreciation she received during the program motivated her to dream again of things she could do. But she needed to study for that. She was encouraged to pursue her studies from where she had left. She wanted to again start studying and obtain a Bachelor degree but didn’t want to pursue her school studies. So, with the help of Kanshiram Welfare Foundation she enrolled in IGNOU for the certificate course of Bachelor Preparatory Program. After completion of the preparatory program she then enroll for the Bachelor degree program and completed it with dedication. After the completion of her graduation she took up a job in the retail sector until she had saved enough money to start with her own initiative. Today, she is a self-employed and independent girl and established herself as an entrepreneur. Her association with KWF and the AYV Program helped her to believe in herself, helped her to dream for herself and helped to achieve her dream. She became self- confident, independent and self-employed.

Rahul: A budding photographer

Rahul: A budding photographer Rahul is the eldest of his siblings had a lot of responsibilities. His family had migrated from Uttar Pradesh and was living in Trilok Puri. They were struggling and minimum means for their survival. Then Rahul got involved with Kanshiram Welfare Foundation. He took part in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Program, a partnership of Adobe Foundation and American India Foundation, provided a platform for the youth of underprivileged communities to communicate and share their ideas using multimedia and digital tools. This was a platform for learning for him and he realised its potential. He had an interest in photography and video editing. This led him to engage actively and dedicatedly to learn all that he could related to photography and video editing and he made full use of this opportunity. During the course of the AYV Program he made four short films on various issues such as that of child abuse, child rag pickers and environmental related issues. He was highly dedicated and sincere towards his work. This also reflects in his approach to creating a career for himself. With the help and support from Kanshiram Welfare Foundation he successfully completed his school education and then enrolled in the B. Sc. Program in IGNOU. The association with KWF and the AYV Program helped him nurture his interest in photography and video editing. Allowed him to make short movies and learn by practice, to develop the required technical skills that he lacked for pursuing a career in photography. This has made him strong willed, self-confident and created opportunity for self- employment. This has motivated him to take up professional photography. He has started his own photography venture and presently has developed a team of his own.