“Whenever I visited a hospital I would see many patients come for treatment,” says Noorjahan, “and I wished I could help them in some way. But I suppressed this desire because I did not know how to make it come true.” Noorjahan had completed class 10 with much difficulty and dared not to dream beyond. She had dropped out of school at the insistence of her stepmother who wanted her to take care of her eight younger siblings. Barely literate himself, her conservative father also believed her place was at home.
It was only when she was 24 that Noorjahan mustered some courage and approached The Hope Project. She was immediately sponsored to undergo training in Geriatric Care. She has now successfully completed her course and is doing a paid internship. She was counseled to pursue studies and is planning to enroll in Class 12 at The Hope Project’s non-formal School and give the board exams through the Open school system.