"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell"
Rohan Aauji, a 19 year old 10th grade student from Spark-A-Change Foundation tells Natasha Kothari about his dreams -
“When I saw my parents struggle with money, that’s when I decided I needed to buck up and study hard. I knew I wanted them to feel happy and proud that their son has achieved something in life.
I actually started my education very late. I am 19 years old and still in 10th std. Most of the times the only thought that comes to my mind is what will my future behold, how am I going to pass my 10th std and so on.
Dancing is my passion and since I was 16 I have been a background dancer, but I do know I can’t make a career out of it and it’s not a viable option for me and my family. I love doing stunts and I love having people watch me dance but I know if I need to make a life and support my family, I needed to find another passion. That’s how I decided that I want to become a mechanical engineer.
I started fixing bikes about 2-3 years back and I realised that this is something I enjoy doing. I used to wake up at 6 am and dance till 9 am, then go to school till afternoon, come back and fix bikes for money till late at night. When you are passionate about something and compelled to earn money, you just find a way to do it all.
I am very thankful to my teachers here at Spark-A-Change Foundation. There are plenty of times in my life that I have gone astray and somehow they have always accepted me when I come back and encouraged me to see the potential in myself. With their support and my mother’s belief in me I know I can do it.”