| Before Training |
Jaypal Khadia struggled for many years to find a suitable opportunity despite an intermediate degree. As he grew older, responsibilities multiplied. He had to support his family comprising his mother, wife and two children. After small stints as daily wage worker, he took up a casual labour work at a construction site in Ranchi.
He winded his work by afternoon one day and left the work site after collecting his daily wages. With 300 Kms of uneven terrain between his work place and home, he had a long journey to traverse. After 6 long hours of sluggish and bumpy bus ride he reached Bela bus stop. As he walked the last stretch to his home, he closely watched the poverty stricken homes, impoverished children and many such signs of destitution around him. “This is not a life I want my children to have”, he contemplated.
Next day, while strolling around the village market, he bumped into his cousin Dhansingh, who was also visiting his family from Secunderabad. Dhansingh, an alumni of Pan IIT Reach for India Foundation’s flagship Gurukul at Gumla, had recently completed his training in Masonry (Building constructor) and was working in a large construction company with respectable wages as an Assistant technician.
Dhansingh enthusiastically recommended him to undertake the training in Gurukul. His confidence was immensely boosted by witnessing testimony of accomplishment of a near one. Further, he also noticed that his cousin was now more confident, knowledgeable and presentable in more ways than one. Through Dhansingh's reference he visited Gurukul at Gumla. After observing the state of art training infrastructure, professional trainers, and huge support and encouragement from all the staff members and fellow students, he established that his future was now in safe hands.
After enrollment in the 48th batch of Mason training, the initial days were tough. The typical day would start under the supervision of Principal Daya with a morning physical training, followed by Flag hoisting and methodical training, and ended with recreational team sport. The initial discomfort that he faced while adjusting to the strict routine later changed into experiences of fun and learning. After successful completion of 50 days training, he was now ready to face the real world.
| After Training |
Today, he works as Assistant tech Mason at Shapoorji Pallonji’s construction site at Secunderabad. Not only he is earning more but also is more technically competent. Many of the skills imparted to him were tangible but the most important lessons were the intangible ones that have made him independent, confident, disciplined and humbled to the core.
He wishes to grow to the position of site supervisor one day and in few years’ time start his own construction business at his village and help the needy ones to enhance their livelihood.