“I want to thank EquallyAble Foundation for the extended support, which helped me to get in here, in IIMA (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)” said Huzaifa, a polio survivor who beat the odds by gaining admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Years of personal struggle and dedication to his studies paid off. However, he now faced another major obstacle: paying for tuition.
That’s when Huzaifa contacted EquallyAble for help. EquallyAble recognized his passion for learning and his vision for the future, and paid the initial installment of his tuition to secure his admission to IIMA. For most people with disabilities in developing countries, education is merely a dream. Less than 10% of children with disabilities go to primary school, and only a small fraction of those go on to higher education. By providing tuition assistance EquallyAble made a huge difference in Huzaifa’s life—he won’t become a statistic. Instead, he can continue his education.
Huzaifa is thriving at IIMA. He said, “I feel very privileged to get a chance to be a part of this renowned Institute (IIMA). There is a designated Equal Opportunity Office in the campus which make necessary arrangements for people with disabilities. The new campus is quite facilitative considering my mobility restrictions. No problems as such.”
He’s not resting on his laurels, but working hard to strive further. “I am trying to make most of this opportunity by engaging in intellectual discussion, attending speaker session, exchanging innovative ideas with some of the best brains in the country and making long lasting friendships,” he said.
After graduation, Huzaifa can pursue a lucrative career like other graduates of IIMA. He can become a leader in his field and one day a spokesperson for the inclusion of people with disabilities in India. And when he does, you and your financial support will have made it happen. Your donations to EquallyAble changed Huzaifa’s life and the lives of so many others for the better.
To help more students like Huzaifa, please make a donation to our #EmpowerStudentsWithDisabilities campaign. Go to: www.gofundme.com/empower-students