AMG education makes the Aeronautical Engineering course, Gumpina Sandhya Rani dreamt of, possible
A life in poverty is practically ‘pre-programmed’ for many children living in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Gumpina Sandhya Rani too comes from a humble background and initially, her unusual career aspiration did not quite match her upbringing. The fact, that today she is studying aeronautics at the renowned Hindustan University in the million-strong metropolis of Chennai, is thanks to her parents, her eagerness to learn and to our wortundtat partnerAMG.
Everyday life in poverty
Santhya’s start in life did not hint at an unusual career. The young woman talks about her childhood: “The school in my village was small. Soon I was unable to learn more than just the basics. I had little time for studying on my own as I had to help with household chores. ”The simple block of flats where she, her parents and her brother lived had no water supply: when she was a girl she often had to fetch water and to help her mother with other things.
Where there’s a will…
However, complaining or even giving up is not in the family’s DNA. Sandhya talks about her father with deep respect: “Because his wages were not sufficient, we moved to a neighbouring village. There, he earned slightly more in a timber store, but had to work from early morning to late at night. Sometimes he did not come home for weeks. ”Sandhya’s parents did not only convey energy and vigour to their daughter. They also gave her strength based on their Christian belief and fully supported the idea that boys and girls are equal. Hence, the objective of enrolling in an ‘Aeronautical Engineering course’ was anything but far-fetched for the young girl, who had been brought up to become a confident and emancipated woman. The family sees the lack of opportunity regarding a good school education for the poor as the only restriction. Hence, once the mother, when visiting church, heard of the qualified education provided by AMG, she pulled out all the stops.
AMG as benefactor
The wortundtat partner was pleased to help the clever girl. Sandhya enrolled in the AMG Secondary School in Bheemili and was happy: “At last a school, which was well equipped. The teachers helped us and patiently answered all our questions.” What was also new to Sandhya was the fact that at boarding school she had for the first time in her life time for girlfriends and that the days were well organised, from meals to lessons. In 2014, she successfully graduated from school, did additional medical training and two years later passed the entrance exam for the Aeronautical Engineering course. The determined young woman already knows what she wants to do after her graduation:making her career at the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO or at NASA, the US-American space agency – and to help others. In particular her parents, because: “I study hard because of them – and I want to be successful to make them happy.”