“Someone asked me why I chose to be a construction worker. I answered I knew I could do it”.
Norhata A. Arpa is an ETFFI graduate from batch 1. She grew up in the neighborhood of Baseco and is part of a Muslim family of 5 members. Her father died when she was three years old and her mother was sick. She knew the difficulties of being poor from birth and so she grabbed the opportunity when she was invited to join Escuela Taller. Today, she is able to face all kinds of trials and difficulties – being a woman and being a muslim while working in a field where most of the workers are men is quite a big challenge. Through her skills in plumbing and with the life-long learnings that she was able to acquire at the Escuela Taller, she has overcome these trials and difficulties. In fact, she is now the Project-in-Charge of a plumbing and sanitary installation project for 36-storey building in Bonifacio Global City. “Nothing is impossible, if one is determined”, Norhata said, when she gave a short message to ETFFI Batch 4 students during their graduation in 2015.