The city of Pune, India is often is a described as the face of the “New India.” Pirangut is a small, rural village located just outside the city and it, too, is playing a part in shaping the nation's future.
In 2013, a
In villages like Pirangut, professional skills cannot be learned at school. Before the Coca-Cola CDC opened, students had to travel to Pune for this kind of education. Since its inception, the Center has helped more than 750 young adults become proficient in professional skills. Although all of these skills have there place, the most important skill taught at the CDC is the self-confidence necessary to succeed in life.
Rahule Rokade, who completed training at the CDC, recently shared his story with the
How did this relationship with
What has the CDC taught you?
Several things. I learned about computers and their functions. I learned how to communicate with people in a professional manor, how do dress professionally, and how to behave like a professional.
How has the CDC changed your life?
When I was 17 years old, my father passed away. My mother was the housekeeper and unable to work. I have two younger brothers and two younger sisters. I had to become the family breadwinner. I left school to start work at a hotel. It was a low-paying room service job. Once I came to the CDC facility and learned what I could achieve here, I quit my job and started working for the local CDC to secure a better life. Since then I have brought my brother here to receive the training as well.
How does the community see
I live very close to the
What does your future look like now that you have had this training?
I want to be a leader in my community and serve as an example to my family as well as others. I want to continue to work the job I am currently at and be the boss someday. My social status has changed tremendously because of this job. People look at me differently now. Even if a police officer stands by me, people will look at me with more respect than him because I work in a government office. This is the best thing
What advice would you give someone who was in your shoes before starting at the CDC?
There is not a single person in the world who doesn’t face challenges. Challenges are apart of our life. You should have confidence with and you should fight against all odds with the attitude of “I will.”