Dasheilah rises above the odds


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Nov 2012

Standing tall: Dasheilah (second from left) holding her new sewing machine as her fellow coursemates look on at the Power Malaysia women’s training centre in Klang.

KLANG: Like many young brides, Dasheilah Ravi had hoped to live happily ever after when she got married when in her late teens 10 years ago.

Unfortunately, her dreams were shattered two years later when her right leg had to be amputated due to medical complications during treatment for high fever.

“I was fitted with a prosthetic leg a month after the operation. My husband applied for divorce soon after, leaving me and my one-year-old daughter to fend for ourselves,” she said at the Power Malaysia women's training centre in Bukit Sentosa here recently.

Today, 30-year-old Dasheilah is all smiles after overcoming obstacles to become a tailor, and plans to open a small tailoring shop under the charity organisation.

The centre offers skills training classes on weekday evenings, especially for single mothers and the underprivileged.

“I met the president, Mohana Muniandy, last year and expressed interest in its sewing classes. But I had a problem climbing up the stairs to attend classes,” she said.

However, Dasheilah was not only assisted by four trainees every day, but was also appointed the organisation's clerk.

“In just three months, I learned to sew traditional Indian costumes and modern clothes. I even made my teacher a suit after three months!” she said.

Dasheilah's perseverance and courage reached the ears of Yayasan MyNadi chairman Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai, who presented her with RM2,500 and made arrangements for her to receive a new prosthetic leg.

“She is an inspiration to other single mothers that one should always persevere in their endeavours, no matter what comes in the way,” he said.

Dr Jeyaindran also presented Dasheilah and 49 other trainees with new sewing machines for them to work in the month leading up to Deepavali.

“They need not share machines, thus increasing productivity and income. We also hope to get them bulk orders from manufacturers, which will provide a more stable and lucrative income,” he said.

Dasheilah said she wanted to earn enough to get nine-year-old daughter R. Thirishaa into medical school in future.

“I want to provide her with better opportunities than I had so she can live a life of her choosing.”


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