S. Yuvarani, 20, never used to care about her appearance or her clothes. Then, she enrolled in the Maharani programme two years ago, which was offered at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Kuala Lumpur.
“The Maharani coordinators helped me realise the importance of first impressions. With their guidance I have learned to dress appropriately and also changed the way I speak so that people will take me seriously,” she said.
Yuvarani lost her father at the tender age of 10 which had a major impact on her life. To support the family, her mother began working as a cleaner.
“My father’s death is my most painful memory and I remember that as the eldest, I had to be strong for my mom and younger brother. I tried to show everyone that I was tough, but I broke down several times,” she said.
Being a part of the Maharani programme has helped her learn how to manage and channel her feelings.
“The Maharani programme taught me that if we start our day with negative thoughts, the day will be ruined but if we start the day with positivity, we can find the solution to any problems. I also learnt the importance of self-development to build a positive character,” she said.
Yuvarani now works as a café assistant at The Y Café at YWCA.
“At the Maharani camp, the coordinators supported me and my dream. I want to be someone who can inspire others especially other girls who grew up in a similar situation. I want to inspire them to have a dream and work towards achieving their dreams.
“The phrase ‘from zero to hero’ explains how I feel today. I was struggling with many personal issues before this but the Maharani programme turned me into a confident and positive girl who strives to get what she wants. Today I can live independently and earn an income as a café assistant at the Y Café, thanks to the programme,” she said.