Priyardashini received her education and security “through the grace of God” in the wortundtat school
The mother of Priyardashini Pallekonda did not have an easy life: bringing up three little girls in the mid-eighties. In particular in India, where in most cases girls are far less valued than boys. Hence, the wortundtat school was a welcome destination for the Christian family.
Most girls in India do not have the opportunity of receiving an appropriate education. Their schooling ends after secondary school – provided they get this far in the first place. Once they have grown up, there is little else waiting for them apart from getting married early, having children and spending the rest of their life as a housewife. Priyardashini’s mother, however, wanted more for the three sisters. Due to the small income of their father, however, private education was out of reach. “We needed support from outside”, says the young women, who had been attending various wortundtat schools since she was seven. Since then, her hard work, good results and a large degree of selflessness have paid off. Priyardashini is pragmatic about the fact that she had to spend much of her young life away from her mother: “Of course I sometimes missed my mum. But school opened up so many opportunities for me. Apart from that, wortundtat was like a mother to me. The school taught me what one would normally learn from one’s own mother.”
Like these young women, Priyardashini too attended the AMG College in Chilakaluripet.
Biochemistry, banking apprenticeship and dissertation
But the story doesn’t end here: having graduated from school, Priyardashini studied Biochemistry; she worked as a teacher at the wortundtat college in Chilakaluripet for a year, whilst at the same time preparing for her bank clerk examination Having successfully passed her exam, she immediately got a job with the State Bank of Hyderabad in spring 2012. This secure job did not prevent her from furthering her education: she is currently writing a dissertation on breast cancer and hopes to find employment at a hospital.
„At 30, I have my future ahead of me.“
The young woman hardly thinks about herself: “I have seen what efforts my mother made to give us a good start in life. I want her to be happy in old age and that she doesn’t need to worry about my sisters getting a good education. Once that has been achieved, I shall think about myself. I am only 30 and have a long future ahead of me. There will be plenty of time later to think about what to do. Everything I have today, I only have through the grace of God and the support of wortundtat.”
This impressive selflessness is not only reflected by Priyardashini’s words, but also by her actions: she handed 10,000 Rupees of her first salary of the bank to the wortundtat office in Chilakaluripet. This equals about 145 Euros – a high donation for Indian circumstances: the average monthly income per head in India is about 85 Euros and about two thirds of the Indian population have to get by on ca. 50 Euros a month. If Priyardashini continues on her chosen path, she will always have a better income.