Letchumanan Tharshikka's Story

Letchumanan Tharshikka (21) lives in Kannankudah, Batticaloa with her father who is employed at the Water Supply and Drainage Board in Batticaloa. Her mother passed away in 1998 when Tharshikka was born. She was raised by her grandmother. Tharshikka's father remarried and has two daughters. With a meager income of her father, the family faced severe financial difficulties. She completed her G.C.E.(O/L)examinations at Kannankudah Maha Vidyalaya in 2014,and opted to follow the Commerce stream for her A/L studies. Tharshika was facing financial difficulties to follow extra classes for her A/L subjects. She came to know that Berendina provides Bright Students Scholarships for students in dire need of financial support to continue education. Tharshikka was selected for BSS scholarship and received a monthly scholarship allowance of LKR 1000 and sat A/L in 2017. While waiting for her A/L examination results, she participated in a career guidance workshop organized by Berendina Employment Center (BEC). As she studied in the A/L Commerce stream, she selected computerized accounting as a career path, and followed a course at Esoft Institute with a scholarship of Rs. 15000.00 provided by BEC. Sharing her experience Tharshikka said ‘I felt it was hard to finish the course as I was not familiar with basic computing, and my English knowledge was very poor. I felt nervous, but I got support from my lecturers at Esoft, who helped me improve my English and communication skills. I was able to complete my studies in 2017'. Since Tharshikka’s A/L results were not qualified for University entrance , she decided to enter the workforce. She was given an opportunity to work at Berendina Micro Investment Company (BMIC) as Data Entry Officer in 2018 through the direction of Berendina Employment Center (BEC). As a 20-year old, she started to earn a monthly salary of LKR30,000. Tharshikka still has not given up on her dream of higher studies. .At present, she follows a Higher National Diploma course in Accounting during the weekends which she pays for from her salary. Her ambition is to enhance her knowledge and skills, and reach the highest position in her field. Tharshikka acknowledges, “Berendina came into my life and showed me the way to success." The future indeed looks bright for young Tharshikka in her chosen career path.