Dear all ,
“Hello, my name is Farah. I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. I just wanted to share a little update on what I am doing these days. As you all know I have completed my phlebotomy school and was doing an internship at one of the hospitals in LA. Working at the hospital inspired me to choose the field of Nursing. Currently, I am studying at Stanbridge University for my nursing program. I am in my first semester. I am a driven person and wanted to do something which serves a cause. I have chosen this profession because I want make an impact on people's lives. I can touch many lives by giving care, affection, and compassion. I am learning a lot in this journey and I am really enjoying it. However, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me to pursue my dream.”
I hope you all are doing well Just to give an update. I’m obtaining my master’s degree in clinical mental counseling at North Park University in Chicago. I have witnessed dozens of girls and women around me struggle with mental health problems and died of from suicide and disease, but never knew to seek help. One of the reasons is financial difficulties and stigmatization towards sex workers.
I’m passionate about mental health and want to be a professional license counselor. In order to provide psychological support to marginalized girls like me and help them to access their strengths and resiliency for their personal goals and healing journey.
I’m deeply grateful for the people who donated my books, other supplies and fees for my school. I promise to continue to work hard towards my studies. You guys have made a tremendous impact in my life!!!!
I’m Asmita, one of the girls who came to Chicago in 2015 with Kranti's Lal Batti Express. After working for a couple years in India, both with sex workers in Delhi, housing rights in Mumbai, and special needs kids in Bangalore, I am finally returning to studies. This is because from 2020-2021, I was volunteering at Camphill School in Pennsylvania with special needs children. I really fell in love with the community, including the teachers, staff, and my colleagues. But most of all I fell in love with all 70 children, all of whom have different developmental disabilities.
I lived with them full time and helped with feeding, bathing, walking, and general caretaking for them. To be very honest, it's the hardest work I've ever done in my entire life and yet the most beautiful and rewarding. I realized I wanted to work with this population full time, so this August I enrolled in Camphill Academy's degree program for Special Needs Education. During the six months I had in between leaving the US as a volunteer and returning as a student, I also worked at Camphill in Bangalore for adults, and I truly know that I've found my life calling.
So I'm very excited about this program and even though I am exhausted at the end of every day, I wake up grateful and happy to do this work, learn from these children, and complete my degree at the same time.
I am Mahek Das (Kranti).
I am currently an Undergraduate as a Theatre Major in Salve Regina University, Rhode Island.
If I could give few words for my journey in Salve so far, it would be - Newness, Responsibility, Sense of time management, maintaining grades, learning new cultures, self awareness and most importantly waking up every morning in awe of the beautiful campus I am on.
In Salve, I am studying psychology and literature as a minor, and was part of the fall production 'The Bible Women's Project' last month. Having theatre as a major comes with a lot of opportunities to be on stage, readings of new scripts, being part of fun projects with different people, my most favorite working with community.
Coming from a background like mine, it is really difficult sometimes to trust faith and accept the good things life has for you. But when I give to others in the form of acting or dance, it brings me immense joy and sense of pride that my community and background has become my strength. It helps me not only follow my passion for acting but learn, grow and inspire others.
Everytime I get on stage it is a reminder of where I started and how far I've come. I wish to keep acting, exploring in the field of theater and acknowledging the fact of how I can learn so much, and find a home far from home.