The Journey Of A Ragpicker Who Became A Nurse Fighting Against Abject Poverty

The Logical Indian Maharashtra

October 3rd, 2016 / 12:00 PM

Ragpicker Becomes Nurse

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Ragpicker Becomes Nurse

Bhanu Sheikh Safi, a woman who started her life as a ragpicker, is now a nurse in a Public Health Centre. She lost her father when she was three years old and has now set an example of sheer determination and perseverance by becoming a nurse. She started working as a ragpicker from the age of three.

A resident of Ravidas Nagar, Banu Sheikh Safi lost her father when she was only three. After that, she along with her mother and younger 1.5-year-old sister Kshama started rag picking on the streets of Yavatmal, Maharashtra.  It was the only way for them to earn their livelihood.

Both the sisters would carry their gunny bags on their shoulders and walk in the city’s street collecting rags from gutters. They would then sort out the rags and other waste material and sell it to scrap merchants.

Despite hard times and abject poverty, both the sisters did not compromise on their education and continued their studies. After completing class XII, they joined the Auxiliary Nursing and MidWifery (ANM) course in the Government Medical College, Yavatmal. After finishing their course, Banu now works as a nurse in a public health centre while her sister prefers to stay with her ailing mother.

Shabbir Khan, a tailor from Rui (Wai) Village, was impressed by Banu’s determination to face all odds in life and decided to marry her. The couple entered the wedlock on October 2nd in a ceremony at the hospital itself as reported by The Times of India.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Maharashtra Minister of State for Energy Madan Yerawar, MoS for Revenue Sanjay Rathod, Zilla Parishad president Aarati Fuphate, MP Bhavana Gawali, MLC Manikrao Thakre, District Collector Sachindra Pratap Singh graced the wedding and blessed the couple.

Bhanu Sheikh and her sister are an inspiration to everyone. She is an epitome of hard work and sheer determination. It is difficult to cross the hurdles of life with such positivity and Bhanu Sheikh proves that nothing can ever come up in your way if you are determined to achieve what you dream of.


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