Atchaya lives in the town Sivasubramaniapuram in the Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. In 2010, she lost her father, Mr. Nagarajan, who suffered health issues and went through dialysis for eight years. Since then, her mother has been the breadwinner as a mid-day coordinator in a government (public) school and earns 7,500 Rs a month. This minimal salary makes it next to impossible for Atchaya to get educated.
Atchaya was fortunate enough to be able to finish up to 12th grade and earned a score of 881/1200 on her final exams. With these marks, she was able to get into Nehru Nursing College. However, due to her mother’s low salary, her mom originally was not able to support her education.
Now, with the assistance of the Shooting Stars Foundation, Atchaya is able to afford her education at Nehru Nursing College and is on the way to become a nurse. She desires, after completing school, to provide relief for her mother and other future patients in her community.
Atchaya is a very dedicated and hardworking individual. When asked for her strengths, she stated that she is confident in her potential to be successful. Her commitment to her goals is admirable.