Monica Singh - our Goodwill Ambassador will be on Al Jazeera TV on 20 August 2014.

20th August 2014

Monica Singh  - our Goodwill Ambassador will be on Al Jazeera TV on 20 August 2014.

Listen to her speaking  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So6R0PpRhpk) about her story. ASFI and MLNS helped mobilize USD 35,000 for financing her study in the USA 

After almost a decade since she was attacked with acid, this girl is finally hoping to achieve what she had been aspiring for all her life. She has gained admission to Parsons The New School for Design, New York ranked among top five design schools in the world

 

It was in 2004 during a visit to her home while studying at the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) that she was attacked with acid by her friend whose marriage proposal was rejected by her. The friend had insisted that she run away with him abandoning her career and family.

 

Monica was a brilliant student and a smart and attractive young woman. But the unfortunate incident destroyed all her dreams in a few minutes and a journey towards a brilliant career was halted as she fought for survival at a private hospital. Being the favourite daughter of a bank officer helped her getting better treatment than many other acid victims can afford but the journey towards recovery and return to normal life was long, tortuous and uncertain.

 

After nearly a year she could start moving in wheelchair. All this time she was subject to acute physical and mental trauma – relatives, friends and acquaintances could hardly recognize her and were suffering equally with her. Being referred to as a victim of acid attack did not help.

 

In an effort to give Monica the best available treatment possible, her parents sold almost everything they owned. “My father said he would support me for as long as I wanted. However I wanted to finish my education and pursue my dreams.” So that’s what she did. 

 

Monica went back to college and finished her education between multiple surgeries. Luckily when Monica went back to college, all her classmates were very supportive and she worked very hard to make up for lost time. 

 

Despite numerous challenges, Monica was now more driven than ever before to pursue her dream in the fashion industry. She was soon interning for renowned Indian fashion designer Manish Arora. And after applying to numerous fashion institutions around the world, Monica managed to receive a letter of acceptance from her dream school – Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. In the midst of developing her career, her loving father passed away. She is therefore determined to make him proud as she now pursues a degree at one of the top fashion institutes in the world.