Hello, my name is Sidhu YADAV. I am a young 26-year old Indian Journalist working for French national TV, France 2 in New Delhi since 2015.
I was born in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, in a small town and a very poor family. I never knew my mother and chose to leave my drinking and unassuming father at the age of six. Therefore, my culture is that of a street child, going from NGO to NGO and used to find my ways around difficulties. My only initial exposure to schooling was through distance education, which proved very ineffective. But I had the chance to catch up with basic education thanks to a French-led NGO where I lived between 14 to 21 years old. This allowed me to pass my Board exam (high school) and to complete a full bachelor in political science at Delhi University. Thanks to the French family, my studies were sponsored and I was invited to meet them in France in 2014, though they did not speak English so I learnt French to communicate with them.
My background as a street child, subject to indifference and violence, without resources and depending on outside support has shaped my life and my prospects. I got interested in journalism with a mix of interests about social issues, poverty, gender and caste discrimination, inequalities, violence...
Since 2015, I have been working for France 2 TV as a reporter based in India. My daily task consists of doing research and investigation, fixing stories, going on the field, interviewing people, translating, writing subject proposals about Indian social, cultural, political, environmental and social issues.
Recently, I have received an admission to start for a Master in Journalism at Cardiff University from Fall/Autumn 2020.
Unfortunately, I have always endured a lack of financial support to go ahead in my career. Indeed, because of financial problems I have been stuck several times in recent years to go for higher education. The only source of income I am relying on is of my salary that enables me to pay my daily needs and rent. I am completely dependent on my work wage.
That is why your financial support, through donations, would be very useful to finance my Master studies at Cardiff School. It will also allow me to prove my potential as an investigative journalist that I have always wanted to be.
Thanks a lot for your support !