name is T.V.Murali; I was born and brought up
at "OOTY" which is
in Tamil Nadu. It is also called as The Second England.
I did my (B.A - History) college studies at OOTY. After
my college studies I had an opportunity to work in Government
Transport Department as a "Checking Inspector"
up to 2 years. This job gave me money but not peaceful
mind or Satisfaction. During this period (1984) an advertisement
came in the local news paper mentioning "Wanted
Young Graduates for Community Development Work"
- Training will be provided for one year with stipend
of Rs.250/- from an organization called SEARCH- Bangalore,
I applied for this training and after one-month period
they selected me and I received a letter stating that
please be prepared for joining this course.
After receiving this letter I joined that training course.
During this period I came to know more about the social
status, status of the children, the present situation
of the villages in India, the vital problem of the people
and the procedure to whom we have to contact etc., The
training was an intensive training programme of one
year. Apart of my theory training I was able to practical
work as field placement in 13 Voluntary organizations
and learned about their programmes. After my training
I got an opportunity to work for a Non Government Organization
to take Evening School in a Slum at Bangalore for a
period of 6 months.
Latter, I was working with the children who are working
in a Match Industry (Fire Work) with the support of
an NGO; seeing their problem, cause and their suffering
made to work for the Elimination of Child Labour.