From CHILD LABOURER to CHILD EDUCATOR

‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’   

Buvaneswari  Sarvanan is an iron woman whose strong-willed determination empowered her to move the mountains against all odds life threw at her. A girl child born into a poverty-stricken family, a child laborer at the age of 10, a girl abused by her uncle, a daughter married at 18 and a transformed woman who completed education at 27; Buvaneswari  Sarvanan’s life story is sure to inspire even the hopeless!

They say- it always rains the hardest on people who deserve the sun.

Bhuvaneswari Sarvanan
Changemaker Bhuvaneswari Sarvanan

Life had taught Buvaneswari  Sarvanan the hard way. In the tender years of her childhood, she witnessed the most traumatizing scenes at home. Her father (Haridas) was an alcohol-addict who came home drunk every night to mercilessly beat up her helpless mother. As the sun would set, she recalls seeing a crowd of curious villagers who would gather outside her home to check what was brewing. Worried about the safety of her 3 little children, Buvaneswari ’s mother mustered the courage to leave the home.

Before this, Buvaneswari  stayed in her Aunt’s house but not in peace. She was humiliated by her aunt and abused by her uncle.  At the vulnerable age of 10, Buvaneswari  Sarvanan was a child laborer whose monthly salary was Rs.210. All the hard-earned money would go to Buvaneswari ’s Aunt. But even then she had the grit and foresight to value education-

 “An underprivileged family does not have to be underprivileged forever. Education has the power to change it.”

Days were as dark as nights. With no roof over the family’s heads; they ate, slept and lived on the platforms of a bus depot for one full month. Buvaneswari ’s family saw a ray of hope during their dull phase when her mother found work as a domestic helper. Financial hardships eased a little as even the young members tried their best to substantiate the family’s income. Finally, her mother’s friend was kind enough to provide accommodation to them.

 

Shine Trust performs at a talent show in Kamaraj Arangam
Shine Trust performs at a talent show in Kamaraj Arangam
Chennai Mayor Saidai Sa. Duraisamy honored Bhuvaneswari Sarvanan for the good social work done.
Chennai Mayor Saidai Sa. Duraisamy honored Bhuvaneswari Sarvanan for her social work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

All these struggles lit a fire in her to become a changemaker.

“I believe that a cobbler’s daughter shouldn’t end up becoming a cobbler. Likewise, a maid’s daughter shouldn’t grow up to become another maid.”

At 18, Buvaneswari  lost her doting mother to jaundice and married Sarvanan, a man who vowed to support her family. Years after marriage, he remained true to his words! There were gloomy days when the couple rented a cart for Rs.30 (per day) where they ironed clothes and Buvaneswari  would sell idlis. The duo strengthened each other and crossed hurdles courageously. Buvaneswari’s better half knew the unfulfilled dreams she carried in her eyes.

When she was 27 years he told her, “So what if you couldn’t complete your education back then? Now you can!” There was no looking back. She pursued Sociology through correspondence and discovered an uncanny interest to serve the society. In 2013, her vision took shape in reality when she registered her NGO called the Shine Trust which aims to eradicate child labour and ensure free training to school children.

Being a strong advocate of education Sarvanan (her husband) advises her students-

“If you take the pains to study today, you will become a big man who comfortably works under the fan. If you don’t, you will have to serve coffee to a big man sitting under the fan!”

What does her NGO do?

“In slum areas of Vysaarpadi, once the girl passes 8th standard she is sent to homes for domestic work. Because for them, earning money is more important than education.” Shine Trust deserves being credited for enlightening the minds and changing the lives of 332 children.   In addition to the other activities offered (refer picture) Shine Trust attempts to create awareness on tobacco and cancer, importance of sanitation and offers cultural teachings. Such phenomenal work done by a young NGO yet  Buvaneswari  admits that they face problems with receiving regular funding.

Shine Trust NGO Contact and Dteails

 

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Buvaneswari  beams in pride, “My husband is the only man who treated me respectfully.” She adds-

“If today I run an NGO trust then the credit goes to my husband for encouraging me,”

Have you ever thought that your obstacles were bigger than your opportunities? Did you eve feel you can’t accomplish your goals because of your background? Then just remember these words of Brain Tracy-

‘It doesn’t matter where you come from, it matters where you go.’ 

 

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22 thoughts on “From CHILD LABOURER to CHILD EDUCATOR

  • November 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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    A truly inspirational story ! If only more were as proactive and optimistic as Bhuvaneswari, the world would be a much better place !

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:17 am
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      Yes. Our new section ‘CHANGE MAKERS’ will feature many other inspiring people who have overcome all hurdles in life. Stay tuned!
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  • November 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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    Hats off to you Aishwaraya for bringing inspiring ones like Bhuvaneshwari to the light. Her story is inspiring but the way you have written it, makes it so motivating for me and others! God bless you.

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:21 am
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      Thank you Reader Anupama! More inspiring and motivating articles coming your way. Stay tuned.
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  • November 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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    I love the headline and the proverbs used. It lifts the soul! Kudos to Bhuvaneshwari she is a brave woman. Keep writing and inspiring, can’t wait for your next post on Change makers…

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:24 am
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      Thank you, Loura Dimple. Do subscribe so you don’t miss any new article!
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  • November 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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    Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I feel very nice & optimistic after reading this beautifully written article. Thank u for bringing such plp to our notice.
    You have a long way to go child. God bless. keep writing and inspiring

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:27 am
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      Thank you for your kind words! Stay tuned for many such inspiring and optimistic posts.
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  • November 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm
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    Bhuvaneshwari is an inspiring lady. Congratulations on Changemakers. I’m sure your articles will make people feel positive. I loved reading this one Aishwaraya Kalro. Don’t stop, keep the show going. Readers like me absolutely love it

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:31 am
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      Thank you so much Reader Vandana! Do continue to support us. I’m sure, the future posts and articles, will motivate you further. Stay tuned.
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  • November 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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    I am proud of you Aishwarya. Lovely article. Inspiring lady. Loved the introduction. I hope you keep writing about many other such people.. I must admit you have used apt proverbs and words. Enjoyed it a lot…

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:32 am
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      Many thanks! Yes, do stay tuned.. Many such inspiring people will be featured. Surely, their life story will make you feel optimistic.
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  • November 29, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    Such an inspiring story …most of us have all the comforts which ppl dream of but we are nvr greatful for it.. She makes me go wow …shes helping ppl to get what she did not have …hats off Aishwarya …such stories are meant to be told …👏

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:34 am
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      Thank you so much Pragya! Don’t forget to subscribe (FREE of cost!) for interesting stories that are meant to be told and inspire you.
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  • November 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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    Wonderfully written Aishwarya. Very good initiative taken by you. I’m sure Bhuvaneswaris story will be an inspiration to many and they are sure to come forward and help. Really Bhuvaneswari is very lucky in getting such an understanding husband. Hats off !

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:36 am
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      Thank you so much! Yes Bhuvaneswari is lucky to have an encouraging husband and she is also determined to achieve her goals. Do stay tuned for interesting and inspiring posts!
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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    Very inspiring story!!! Very few ppl can fight all odds in life with such positive energy…Keep up the good work Aishwarya!!!

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    • December 14, 2016 at 10:37 am
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      Thank you, Manvita! Don’t miss out any upcoming articles, they are bound to inspire you!
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  • December 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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    Attractive title which inspire the readers towards the article. Good work Aishwarya! Bhuvaneshwari is an example for the quote -“Aspire to inspire before you expire”!!

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