Today is Literacy Day: Lissy started learning from Anganwadi with her daughter
Kochi: “The confidence you get when you can read cannot be explained in words,” says Lissy, who could never go to school. Lissy’s mother died when she was very young and her father left her under the care of a relative. The relative used to send her as a house maid in the city.
But the twist in Lissy’s life story came when she was 19 years old. Sony, a driver at a house where Lissy was working as a house maid, fell in love and they got married. They have two kids named Lini and Liya.
When her elder daughter Lini joined Anganwadi, Lissy also became a student there and learned Malayalam letters for the first time. When her daughters reached high school, Lissy’s interest in studies also grew. At the age of 34, Lissy joined an equivalency course. She wrote the SSLC examination in 2014 the same year her younger daughter Liya appeared for her SSLC exam.
Both Lini and Liya secured A+ grade in all subjects for SSLC. Lissy secured A+, A- and B+ grades. She completed Plus Two in 2018.
Meanwhile, Lissy also forged a new path. She learned driving and became a driving instructor. In 2017, she opened her driving school named Sahada at Edappally. Now Lissy wants to complete Polytechnic Diploma in Automobile Engineering.
Lissy’s husband Sony is a school bus driver. Their elder daughter Lini completed post graduation and is now working in Mumbai. Their younger daughter Liya is pursuing MCA at SCMS College in Kalamassery. The family is residing at Vattekunnam in Edappally.