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Philip Fernandes

As soon as I finished my education (Std XI) in Goa, I came to Bombay, in the year 1978. As my father was working in Voltas Ltd I joined there as a clerk, side by side, I also started the course of a Technical Draftsman, for the period of 1 year. On getting the certificate, I was promoted to the post of a Technical Draftsman in Voltas Ltd; a post at which I worked at for almost 25 years.

Unfortunately, on the 30th of August, 2002, the company closed down and we were not paid any amount of dues. I was jobless for nearly 6 years thereafter. I tried my level best, looking for jobs everywhere, but the effort was in vain, hope was dwindling. I prayed to God to grant me a small job where I could earn a living to run my house. Those were very hard days for my family and me. Friends, relatives, neighbours were far away from me.
Finally, in the year 2008, God heard my prayers and I got a call from our close colleague Dr. Jude Vaz, saying there is a vacancy at the Max Foundation. They needed a boy who would work really hard. When I entered the office I was introduced to a really kind hearted, loving, caring lady with a good personality. She was none other than Amma (Mrs. Viji Venkatesh). I was interviewed by her, but I was really nervous. Fortunately, she gave me the opportunity to work at The Max Foundation.
Many thanks to Dr. Jude’s family and Amma. May God bless them.

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