Sunday, August 18, 2013

One of our Success Stories

Selvam joined me as my karate student in 2003, earlier to the starting of our school in 2004. 

I found him a quick student, always willing to go that bit more... He was part of our tsunami effort and helped selflessly as a volunteer.

During a chat session after one of the karate classes, a year or so after the founding of "Trust Children", i was exhorting the karate students to better themselves through education. Selvam took it to heart and wanted to continue his education. He had dropped out of school 2 years earlier, after passing his 8th grade. His father, a fisherman, did not see any reason for his son to continue his education. Nor could he afford further education. 

But, here was a talented young man, who needed only that small amount of push in the right direction! And he got that push from all of us at "Trust Children".

All our team members and specially Capt Shanbhag supported this initiative. And the rest, as they say, is history...  :-)

From being a fishmonger/fisherman who had no knowledge of English, he worked hard, and is now an officer in the Merchant Navy. Trust Children supported him all the way, not only monetarily, but also by giving him and a group of youngsters a "spoken English" class, a "Computer Education" apart from training in Karate. He worked hard as a seaman, saved enough money to sponsor himself for an officers course in UK. And today he is a 3rd Officer and an aspiring Captain. 

All of us supporting "Trust Children" can surely pat ourselves on our back....and hope to see more of these stories as our children complete their education. 

Read his story in his own words:

           I’m Selvendran (Selvam) From Chennai in India. My father was fisherman who expired in 2011, My mother also fish seller who expired in 2004. I have elder brother and sister both are got married. I am working in merchant navy as a seaman.
I am going to write how I became Officer of the watch in Merchant navy. When I was studying 8th std my mom had cancer then dropped my studies in 2000. After that I was helping my mom and also working as a fisherman and a fish salesman. During that time, I was learning karate from  Capt R. Nandkumar,  that time tsunami hit our village, I worked with captain as a volunteer to help many people. After five years dropped my study I asked captain, Could you please help me for my studies, He said, I’ll help you , Can you complete your studies. I said, I can do,  then He gave me Rs.1xxxxx for join the tutorial in 10th std  then I left my karate and business for fully concentrate on my studies, After that I got 66% in 10th std then I met captain, I said, Sir, completed 10th std  I Would like to study (GP RATING) Seaman course then captain Sir,  gave me Rs.xxxxxx/- after that I went to Tuticourin successfully  completed this course.
      After a year, I got job in GOOD EARTH MARITIME PVT. LTD  As a Tr. Seaman next ship I got promotion as a Ordinary Seaman, salary Rs.30000/- After that I got promotion As a ABLE SEAMAN, salary Rs.35000/-  there I was working total 4 ship then I had selected in SYNERGY MARITIME PVT. LTD.  As a Able seaman, salary USD$1250 There I Sailed 2 ships after that, I got 36 months Sea service for my further studies  (HIGHER NATIONAL NAUTICAL SCIENCE) Officer Of the  Watch in Merchant Navy. I saved 11 lakh for my abroad studies.
             I sent email to the university for my confirmation letter but they Said, You should complete INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM then I went to BRITISH COUNCIL Applied this examination Then successfully completed. Then I got seat in SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY at Southampton in united kingdom. I got visa also there also successfully completed all the examination.
I am waiting for the job now in SYNERGY MARITIME PVT. LTD As a 3rd Officer.


  1. Wow.. I have to say, i had the chills and happy bumps reading this letter.

    Selvendra - you are a true inspiration and hope to many young kids like you. I wish you all the best in your career. Dont stop here. the sky is the limit and continue this success story. I am also so glad that you have kept your past memories and took your time to reflect them here.

    gurukulam and Capt Nandkumar - the efforts and actions of yours is why " we believe this world has still what it is... thank you for your service.. and keep it up..Great story

  2. Mr. Selva , your story is truly inspirational. I had a sense of pride while reading it and I'm glad we sailed together. You are one of the most hardworking men I have met out at sea. You have a high sense of value and character and you will be an rich asset to wherever you belong. God bless!