Diploma in Nursing & Midwifery, Ganga School of Nursing

As the daughter of a daily wage laborer and a part-time maid, both without education, Divya understood the value of hard work in the face of adversity from a young age.

While her parents struggles to make ends meet lead her elder siblings to leave school at the end of the 10th grade, Dyvia’s determination and aptitude kept her in school, as others within the community helped pay for her school fees and related expenses.

Upon graduation from secondary school, Divya dreamed of becoming a nurse and successfully applied to a 3. 5-year program that would allow her to receive nursing and midwifery training. However, despite their best efforts, there was no practical way for them to pay for the multitude of expenses required for the school: tuition, room and board, books, uniforms, and transportation.

In 2014, a volunteer for A More Balanced World (AMBW) recognized Divya’s potential and referred her to the organization, which had just begun placing a focus on support of post-secondary level students. Divya was subsequently awarded a full scholarship, allowing her to pursue her goal.

Tragically, during her second year of college, Divya’s father took his own life after years of economic hardship. Despite this tragedy, Divya pressed forward with her schooling, as determined as ever to realize her dream of creating a better future for herself and her family, as her father tried to do.

In 2017, her perseverance was rewarded when she received her degree from the Ganga College of Nursing and began a residency in an affiliated hospital. Divya now serves her community as a nurse at the Ganga Hospital and is able to provide support to her mother and family, helping them transform their lives in the same way AMBW helped Divya pursue her dreams.