Focussing on the Future
Gayatri was doing the BA Sociology course at Queen Mary’s College when she came with a friend to ANEW in 2012, during the summer vacation before their final year started, to get trained as eye-care technicians. “With a sociology degree, I would have had to find a job that is not relevant to my education in any case. When I heard about ANEW, I thought I would get trained in some useful skill instead of wasting time at home,” she explains. Initially, she did not even know what vision care was, but the three-month training period was enough to convince her that this was the line for her. Though her classmates were being placed in IT and BPO companies through campus interviews, Gayatri preferred to take up the Vision Care Technicians course. “I knew there was a bright future in this field,” she says with quiet confidence. Further training at Appasamy Hospitals after she completed her graduation in 2013 made her proficient in other aspects of vision care as well, like maintaining the instruments. Seeing the potential in her, Sivakumar of Sight Care Foundation, her mentor through ANEW, employed her in his NGO, and she became one of the trainers who also trains students of the Vision Care Technicians course at ANEW. Gayatri’s family is small and close-knit. Her father is an auto driver, her mother a home maker, and she has a younger brother. She is the first in her family to be employed full time in the formal sector.