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FLORENCE PHAWA


Centre Name : Don Bosco Tech - Shillong
Domain : Food and Beverage - Steward
Employer : Hotel Polaris
Designation : Receptionist


Florence phawa, a 23 year old lady hails from one of the poverty stricken families located at a small village - Mawlai Phudmuri, which is situated on the outskirts of Shillong. The family has mother, father with 2 sons and 4 daughters. The misery of her life says that her father left the house leaving the entire family alone. Now the children’s were left with the mother to look after them and fulfil their basic needs. Her mother used to work as a labourer in the village to feed the family of 7.  Along with her it was her two brothers who were helping their mother in looking after the family and the education of the four girls in the family. 

Florence completed her class 10 from Sacred Heart Girls School, Mawlai. After finishing class 10, she joined Savio Evening College to continue with education and completed her class 11 and 12. She was the girl who used to go for the class in evening and perform household work to help her mother during day time. One Sunday, when she was in church she came to know about the DB Tech BASE programme through an announcement being made in the church. It is a programme under which domain specific skill training is provided to the poor and the marginalised youth. Moreover, after the training, the students are also helped with job placement. Keen to know more, she visited the Don Bosco Technical School located at Shillong to get the answers of all her queries regarding the training. After meeting the trainers, she was determined to join the course and next moment got herself enrolled for the Hospitality domain.

Her trainers says that she was one of the intelligent, sharp, disciplined and humble candidates, who was always found keen to learn and earn. After completing the training, she got the chance to be interviewed with Hotel Polaris which is situated in Kerala. Her passionate attitude helped her get through the interview and today she is working with the same hotel as a Receptionist and gaining experience.  She has come out to a fine example of cheerful courage and determination in the face of persistent adversity. 

She calls out happily, “At Hotel Polaris, I am not only earning money but enjoying an experience of happy life.”