Heena Kausar from Mysuru wants to become a doctor

The Government Higher Primary School (GHPS) in Nachanahalli Palya is situated in the slums of Mysuru, Karnataka, where most students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, that doesn’t deter them from dreaming big. And, the flame to do well in life and achieve their goals burns brightly in them. Heena Kausar, a lovely young lady, is one such beneficiary studying in Std. V, who wants to be a doctor and alleviate the suffering of others.

Born to an electrician father and a mother who rolls agarbattis (incense sticks) for a living, Heena also has two brothers aged 16 years and 15 years. Due to economic pressures, both the brothers had to drop out of school while they were in Std. VIII and Std. IX respectively. Now, the elder one works as a welder and the younger one works as a mechanic. But, fortunately, it is a different story for Heena. Her parents are very supportive of her dreams and ambitions. Heena says, “I want to become a doctor because I feel pained when I see people suffering every day and want to help them. My mummy and papa are very supportive of my ambition.”

A bright and sincere student, Heena likes studying and attending school. Her favourite subjects are English and Kannada, taught by Miss Manasa. She also has a unique hobby – skipping! And this activity, along with her education, is powered by Akshaya Patra’s meals. The meals are a big hit with Heena, more so, because at home, they mostly have rice which she isn’t fond of. She says, “Among all the dishes served by Akshaya Patra at school, I love the subzi and bisibele baath.” And, before sprinting away to class, she quickly added, “My favourite vegetable is potato.”

We wish Heena the very best and hope she brings healing and care to those suffering from illnesses

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