Believe in yourself first, then the world will believe in you -- Rubina Raona

Hello everyone, I am Rubina. I am from a small town amidst the picturesque tea estates of the North of West Bengal. Born in a tribal Catholic family, I was fortunate enough to get freedom to choose my career options. But unlike many scholarly kids (like my brother) who always knew what they wanted to do in life, I was a bit lost. I had no real aspirations. Other than just wanting to help people, which I always loved doing as it brought immense happiness and satisfaction to me.

Here’s a sneak peek to my story. I have always looked up to my mother; she is an ideal parent. She was born in a family of twelve. My grandfather was a farmer. My mother was lucky to get good education which a few of her siblings couldn’t. Since she started earning, she has helped her younger siblings with their education and after they got married, she helped their children too. After my father passed away, we were devastated. My mother used to keep ill but she still managed to go to work in order to feed the family and fulfil all our basic needs. My mother is a mentally strong woman and I have learnt a lot from her. During those difficult times, I remember her telling me that it was good that she was a working woman and if she wouldn’t have worked, then we would have faced a greater struggle. She told me that it’s important for women to work so that they are financially independent.Even today, my mother helps her siblings’ children get their education, because she strongly believes that education is key to better future.

When I was going through emotional trauma after my father’s death, my mother was there for me. She encouraged me to leave our small town and study in a metropolitan city like Mumbai. Even though she was criticised for sending a girl so far to study, she didn’t pay any heed. She has always supported my career decisions. After completing my Bachelor’s in Education, I wanted to apply to NGO’s rather than international schools. Because I wanted to help the kids who belonged to lower socio-economic backgrounds.