CA Kunjal shares her journey of how she quit her corporate job to pursue her calling in life – To Educate Street Kids. She says – because of these 2 words ‘CA’ I am trusted. She is proud that her degree has been a catalyst in helping so many children and influencing so many others to do the same.
My CA Journey:
“I cleared all my CA exams in the 1st attempt. By default, I was expected to take up a corporate job and I did so. I was selected in Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. in Mumbai, India with a good salary and a good designation. It made me all happy but I still felt something missing, I always knew in my heart – that this was not my calling in life,” says CA Kunjal Sehgal, 27, the founder of Adhiyagya, an organization working to provide QUALITY EDUCATION to underprivileged children.
I continued working for 2 years until my parent’s words started playing in my head.
- That knowledge is only a means to follow your passion and it should NEVER interfere with one’s life goals.
- I was always encouraged to study for the KNOWLEDGE, for the FREEDOM that comes with ‘EDUCATION’ and NOT to just become a doctor or an engineer.
Knowing the impact of education in my own life – where my qualification alone brought me respect and remuneration, reaffirmed my belief that ‘EDUCATION’ was the only way to bring about a constructive change.
Quitting Corporate Job to Teach Underprivileged Kids:
I quit my job in 2015 and chased my passion ‘TO EDUCATE ‘. I started Adhiyagya as an attempt to create opportunities for slum kids. What started as my individual journey in 2015 with just 12 kids in a nearby slum, has now become a cause impacting the lives of over 200 underprivileged children from 2 centers -Rajasthani Camp in Sarita Vihar and Sector 45 in Faridabad. We have over 40 volunteers who help us immensely.
Adhiyagya Focuses on –
- Moral Values
Regular yoga classes are conducted every Sunday in the K&L pocket park to encourage children to follow a healthy lifestyle. Over the last 2.5 years, the children have shown immense improvement in terms of studies as well as personality. When the children are exposed to opportunities, their talents shine through. A lot of girls are now enrolled into the University of Delhi paving their way for a better future.
Do I still miss my Paycheck? NO!
I love what I do. It is so fulfilling when my students show even the slightest of improvements. My CA Knowledge is still with me, it is not wasted.
The CA journey has taught me the value of hard work, patience, perseverance and a lot more! Its correctly said ‘KNOWLEDGE CAN NEVER BE A WASTE’.
- If enough EDUCATED people start doing CONSTRUCTIVE SOCIAL WORK, the IMPACT could be TREMENDOUS.
- I am INVITING all of you to be a part of Adhiyagya and SHARE your TIME, your KNOWLEDGE, your SUGGESTIONS so we could reach out to more kids and make this world an even better place,” she concluded.
To know more about Adhiyagya and to be a part of the journey impacting the lives of many children you could visit our website: www.adhiyagya.org / write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kunjal Sehgal: 8587861167