Yes, I will be a lawyer-----

Prof. Prabha Desai
Posted September 30, 2019 from India

   Fifteen years back, we were totally engrossed in a project of AIDS control through STI control among street-based, floating sex workers in suburban Mumbai.  This particular section of society was found to be the most tricky. They were streetsmart women and often used to change places depending on circumstances and especially police crackdown in certain places.

We designed a new strategy to win their confidence. Our staff started visiting their houses and supporting their efforts of sending children especially daughters to school. Our staff arranged help for provision of Books, Notebooks, compass box, etc. Wherever needed  Sanmitra staff secured admission in hostels for further education. This strategy worked effectively and we found that these women were highly motivated and keen on their children's education. They started trusting our staff and were respectful. Often they called them brother or sister also. 

We used to arrange get-togethers every quarter so that the bond gets stronger. We wanted to secure responsible behavior from them. We wanted them to use a condom and come to us for a periodic check-up, take treatment and get rid of STIs as early as possible. 

In one such get together for a religious festival, women started singing and dancing and I noticed a small girl of around ten years dancing and giggling. Immediately after the dance, I called that girl and asked her name. She was Hema. She was very beautiful, smart and intelligent. The first thought that came to my mind was that the mother would certainly earn good amount of money once she becomes young.

I asked whether she had joined a school and she nodded. Her mother also joined our conversation. She told me that she was determined to educate her daughter and if possible also to send her to college. I appreciated her mother's resolve and patted on Hema's back.   

Suddenly Hema got up and told me that her father had already shown her horoscope to an astrologer and the astrologer predicted hat Hema would be a lawyer. We all burst into laughter and I once again patted her n told her certainly she would be a lawyer if she resolves. 

After a gap of fifteen years, Hema and her mother met me. Hema had cleared Law exams and wanted to practice law. I advised her to take the experience of working in a Law firm first. I talked to my lawyer friend and Hema was placed in a Law firm as a trainee.

When I look back I feel completely satisfied that Sanmitra trust could go beyond AIDS control work and beyond duty and this beautiful girl did not enter sex trade instead she chose a different and difficult path. 

I also thanked her mother's strong determination, her father who went to an astrologer and the Astrologer who predicted her to be a lawyer. He created a deep impression on her mind. Unknowingly both men created a revolution in the colony of sex workers.  

 

 

 

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Anita Shrestha
Sep 30
Sep 30

Dear Prabha
thank you for sharing, keep it continue

Tarke Edith
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Prapba
Thank you so much for sharing
I am grateful for Hema for she forfil and keep to her words.

Hello, Prof. Prahba,

Thank you for sharing Hema's story to us. I'm glad that she was able to fulfill her dream to be a lawyer with the support of her parents. It's inspiring.

Prof. Prabha Desai
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thank you, Karen. Your appreciation has inspired me to write more.
Prof. Prabha Desai.
Sanmitra trust.

You're welcome, Prof. That's great! I'm looking forward to reading more from you. :) Please keep writing.

Lisbeth
Oct 01
Oct 01

Dear Praha,
You made me laugh haha. Thanks for sharing samitra and her mother's story for us. Is Samitra now in world pulse here? Will be great to hear from her own mouth regards her experience.

My kind regards to her and the mother. Hope you have a great day.
Lizzy

Prof. Prabha Desai
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi, Lisbeth,
Greetings! Your words are inspiring.
Thanks, regards,
Prof. Prabha Desai
Founder/ director, sanmitra trust..

Lisbeth
Oct 02
Oct 02

You are most welcome :-)
Regards

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi Prof. Desai,

Thanks for sharing Hema's inspiring story and thanks also for the work that you do. Please keep empowering girls in your region!

Hope you're doing well, and having a great week, too!

Dawn Arteaga
Oct 02
Oct 02

Yes, I agree, sometimes kindness, dignity and encouragement can spur revolution! Thank you for sharing this example of how you contributed to making the life of this woman - and all those who she brings justice to - that much richer. So inspiring!

Prof. Prabha Desai
Oct 02
Oct 02

Your words of appreciation have inspired me to write more now
Thanks, regards,
Prof. Prabha Desai.
Founder, Director, sanmitra trust.

Kathy Dixon Crowley
Oct 03
Oct 03

This is an excellent story to showcase how empowerment through education can lift these women to have more opportunities. Great post! I love seeing your work.

Millynairi
Oct 12
Oct 12

Dear Prof. Prabha,
Thanks for sharing. It's always encouraging to see one's dream fulfilled.
Millie

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear Prabha,
Thank you for sharing this great story. Thank you for helping little Hema become who she wanted to be.
Keep up with your great job in bringing these vulnerable women to understanding the importance of education.
Hoping to get more updates from you.
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