“Halwa every day at the aanganwadi”

Halwa every day at the aanganwadi“. This was the answer given by a kid when she was asked about her wish. Her name was Asha , a seven year old girl who was/is begging outside the Palace of Rani Roopmati in Mandu, a popular tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh with 48 historical monuments and an ancient love story.

Asha chatted away about her life. No, she goes to school only in afternoon and only for mi day meals , doesn’t know what ice-cream is and has not watched a film in a theater. She giggles at the name of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, but can’t recall the name of a single film. She still begs around the monuments because foreign tourists give her good goolis (toys), pens, money and chocolates.

Everyday at noon, she stands in the queue at the aanganwadi for the mid-day meal. “They give us dalia, roti-sabji (roti and vegetables) and halwa (a sweet dish) once a week,’’ she says, waving flies away from a face covered with fungal infection. “I go for the food but don’t like school.’’ Asha dreams of having halwa everyday.

Asha - a responsible kid

Asha - a responsible kid

This little girl has practically taken charge of her own life. Her mother goes to earn a living while the father drinks all day long. She knows the exact time when to go to the aanganwadi for her lunch and then begs for that extra something she gets from tourists. A responsible kid. 🙂

This would be the status of almost all the kids begging in front of temples , tourist places etc., What would be the reason for these things…may be the irresponsible parents , irresponsible society, economy of the district, poor politics etc., but whatever may be the reason..finally the kid was affected and the hole childhood was ruined and the childishness was destroyed.

I don’t want these kids to become a doctor, scientist , IAS officer etc., but still wanted their childhood back to them and the childishness to be with them at this age. Let them fight with the life or struggle with life at the certain age and not at this age.

Only Few things affects my mind in deep. One among those is child labor/begging. Working closely on this issue to give back the childhood at least for few kids. Hope for the best.

ps:- source from Times of India , 12th July 2009 ed.

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Heaven is in a reachable distance …! (for me)

Oct 02 ‘ 2008 – The day was really wonderful. Got to met my Little wonder after 3 weeks. In the past two years this was the longest duration I haven’t met her. For me Sundays are for her. It’s like being in a heaven when being with her.

A 3 year old kid came to me and said ” Innaiku Ghandhi thaathku Happy Birthday” . Started from then , we started running , rolling , fighting , singing, playing etc , etc.,  My little wonder always find a comfortable place in my shoulders.She become more talkative nowadays. At times couldn’t able to answer her questions. Had non stop playing for hours and I am soo tired. Just made them to sleep after lunch. And another school going kid (Kinder garden) came to me and we were chatting some serious issues about her class friends and teacher (miss) and complaints about them.

Another kid chatting with me and asking me to stay there . I asked her I have no dresses to change and food to eat. Suddenly she went to another room and took a small shirt and gave that to me and said that “u take this and I will give u food afterwords “. I couldn’t control laughing. So chweeet …!

Really I’m gifted to be there with them. Wish the happiniess should be continued. With lashings of Love wish them the perpertual hapinesss and health.

QUEST ends in Blossom

Tamizarasi – may be this name will give a real definition to Blossom’s QUEST. A 12 year old girl with lot’s of thirst in education and working in a fireworks industry near Sivakasi. Her father was affected by a killer disease and her mother let her. She is staying in her aunt’s house by facing all the so called problems.

She had never been to school before and now also her uncle and aunt compelling her to got to work in fireworks office.Her problems apart , interesting thing was, last month one fine evening she came to our QUEST Education Centre(QEC) and met the centre head and requested to teach her. She also told him that she had never been to school, so she asked to teach her from basic. He accepted her request and started teaching the first letters of her education. And since then she is so regular to the classes and now she has improved a lot and still learning.

I met and spoke to her last Saturday(21st Sep 2008) evening , I just wondered at her interest in learning. Naturally her eyes speaks about the problems of her. I just gave her confidence that we will take care of her education and put her in a school next year. She smiled and she was very happy. I just spoke with the Headmaster of a govt. primary school in that village, he agreed to admit her in 4th or 5th standard next year based on her knowledge.He needs a minimum level of knowledge, the ability of simple reading ,writing and recognizing.Now the ball is on our court , i.e. we have 8 months time to train her.

Tamizarasi - Khansapuram

Tamizarasi - Khansapuram

Blossom takes the onus of training her.I believe that with all her interest and hard work we can make this in eight months.If the talk with her guardians ends in positive then other things will go fine.

Hope Tamizarasi will give a different and real face of QUEST. Really it would be big challenge to get the job done. We never thought we help a poor girl for getting education, instead we took it as a chance to prove the ability of QUEST, Blossom’s dream project. I wish , let QUEST be the right place to quench Tamizarasi’s quest on education.

note:- Blossom is a Social welfare Org., and QUEST is one of the project handled by Blossom. QUEST mainly works on the Quality Education for rural childrens.