Parmeshwar is a 17-year-old boy from Tigri slum in South Delhi who has scored 91% in his class 12th CBSE exams. His story is one of achieving success against all odds.
Parmeshwar resides with his family of nine members, in just two rooms within a tightly packed slum. The household often experiences shortage of food. While preparing for his 12th board examinations, Parmeshwar was continuing a schedule that he was long used to.
Ever since he was in the 10th standard, Parmeshwar has held a job of washing cars in Khanpur. He managed to pay for his books and school uniform with his monthly salary of Rs.3000.
Even during Delhi’s harsh winters, Parmeshwar continued to wake up sharp at 4:00 am, walk for 30 minutes to Khanpur and wash more than 10 cars daily for the next 2.5 hours. He did this for six days a week without fail.
‘Waking up in the cold and working was not easy. I remember how my hands used to freeze every five minutes when I touched the cold water. My fingers used to become numb says Parmeshwar.
He further adds, “My Father is a heart patient who is 62 years old. My brothers do not have stable jobs and have families to feed, I cannot burden them. I needed this job to secure my future.”
Parmeshwar has been assisted with the Asha NGO since the 10th standard, the NGO works for supporting education of students belonging to the less fortunate sections of society.
Recognising Parmeshwar’s potential Asha assisted him with free books, sample papers and tutions during his 10th and 12th board examinations.
Having cleared the 12th standard examinations with flying colours Parmeshwar wishes to be a teacher “I aim to become a teacher in the future. Asha team members have helped me to apply online for a BA in English Honours course at Delhi University.”
Here’s wishing him more success for his future.