The Journey Of A Ragpicker Who Became A Nurse With Her Hardwork


Now, a nurse in public Health Centre Bhanu Sheikh Safi, this woman started her life as a ragpicker.  When she was three years old she lost her father and now she has become a nurse and has set an example of sheer determination and perseverance. When she was just three she had started working as a ragpicker.

Banu Sheikh Safi, is a resident of Ravidas Nagar, and at a very young age she had to face a lot of troubles, which forced her to work as a ragpicker. After she lost her father, she along with her mother and elder sister Kshama, who is 1.5 years older to her started picking rags on the streets of Yavatmal Maharashtra. She had no other option but to do this work as it was the only way to earn a living for her.

Both the sisters carried a gunny bag on their shoulder and walked on the streets of the city collecting rags from the gutters and other areas. after collecting the waste material from the streets they would sort out the rags and other materials and then sell it to scrap merchants.

Despite of all the hardships both the sisters did not give up on their studies and they continued their education. After completing 12th both the sisters joined Auxiliary Nursing and MidWifery (ANM) course in the Government Medical College. After they finished their course, Banu started working as a nurse in a public health centre where as her sister preferred to stay back at home and take care of their ailing mother.

A tailor from Rui (Wai) village Shabbir Khan, was really impressed with the dedication and determination that Bhanu showed towards her life that despite of all the troubles in life she became a nurse with her hardwork, and he decided to marry her. The couple married on October 2 at the hospital itself.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Maharashtra Minister of State for Energy Madan Yerawar, MoS for Revenue Sanjay Rathod, Zilla Parishad president Aarati Fuphate, MP Bhavana Gawali, MLC Manikrao Thakre, District Collector Sachindra Pratap Singh graced the wedding and blessed the couple.

Both Bhanu Sheikh and her sister are an inspiration to everyone. She is a perfect example of hardwork and sheer determination. With such positivity it is not difficult to cross the hurdles of life, and Bhanu has proved it that if you are determined to achieve what you aimed for in your life then nothing can stop you. You just have to have faith in yourself and work towards achieving your goal.