SWaCH Waste Picker’s Daughter, Shweta Pandit Triumphs in Selection for Indian Navy

SWaCH Waste Picker's Daughter, Shweta Pandit Triumphs in Selection for Indian Navy

SWaCH Waste Picker's Daughter, Shweta Pandit Triumphs in Selection for Indian Navy

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Pune, India – April 18, 2024

Shweta Pandit, the daughter of Jyoti Pandit, a SWaCH waste picker from Wanawadi is living an unimaginable tale of transformation. She has secured a coveted spot in the Indian Navy and joined her training program in Chilka, Odisa. Overcoming numerous challenges and setbacks, Shweta’s journey to success is a testament to unwavering courage and a brave fight against circumstances.

Born to Jyoti Pandit, who tirelessly worked as a waste picker to support her family, Shweta’s aspirations soared beyond the confines of her circumstances. Her innate passion for serving her country led her to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC) during her school years. Despite the initial difficulties of transitioning from Marathi to English medium education, Shweta’s dedication propelled her to excel, with an impressive 78% score in her 12th-grade exam.

Undeterred by initial hurdles in her pursuit to join the military nursing service, police force, and army, Shweta’s resolution didn’t stop her from going ahead. Drawing inspiration from motivational videos, she embarked on a rigorous self-study regimen, preparing diligently for the the Indian Navy exams. Balancing academic studies with rigorous physical training, Shweta’s perseverance paid off as she aced the physical fitness test, medical examination, and written assessment.

Outshining 400 other aspirants, Shweta’s stellar performance earned her a well-deserved place in the Indian Navy. Reflecting on her journey, Shweta expressed her gratitude towards her mother, SWaCH Cooperative and Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat for their continued support, providing essential resources such as notebooks and school fees. She credited her upbringing, emphasizing the encouragement she received to strive for excellence and pursue her dreams through youth groups of waste pickers’ children. Shweta has inherited her courage from her mother’s never-say-die attitude.

Jyoti Pandit, SWaCH Waste picker and Shweta’s mother said, “I am a proud mother of my daughter. I have been working with SWaCH since 2013, going to Wanawadi Gaon for doorstep collection. Shweta always had a strong desire to serve her country. Witnessing her dedicated journey, studying for up to 10 hours a day alongside rigorous physical training, fills me with immense pride. When she finally received the news of her selection, our joy knew no bounds. However, amidst the celebration, I couldn’t help but worry about the extensive list of essentials she would require for her training program. Once again, I turned to our organization, to raise funds to support her needs. Shweta’s achievement fills my heart with pride beyond measure.”