“When you challenge yourself, you excel yourself’’
When I recently went to Arunachal Pradesh for my field experience in Itanagar diocesan empowerment association (IDEA) the organisation engaged me in conducting a survey in three districts of Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and Papumpare. Indeed it was a privilege to venture out to meet the people living in the villages in Arunachal Pradesh. What I saw was that the people are deprived of even the minimum facilities. There is hardly any medical care available to them. Listening to them itself was a great learning experience. They were so friendly and cordial, in spite of the fact that I was from a community very different from theirs.
There were also moments when I was scared – like when I had to collect data from people who were gambling. They were reluctant to talk to me initially; but I finally manage to communicate with them in well enough for them to respond.
The rural women folk are working hard to find the means to survive and educate their children. Though they are illiterate they have will to help their children reach a brighter future. Many of them send them children to the towns for schooling, since there are only primary schools in the villages. I was amazed by their determination to challenge the circumstances in which they live, and I was able to discover my field of interest and my passion to work for vulnerable “rural people”.
Today, I am glad that I have learnt and acquired many things through experiencing the real life situation. I discovered some of my strengths and weaknesses, and the assets and resources of communities other than mine. I received a real life lesson in overcoming adversities. “No matter what people say the best thing is that I stand firm for the right reason at the right time.” (Jasmine)