When we talk about children, we mostly think about happy kids who have big dreams; children who don’t have a care in the world, running and jumping around with friends, and doing things that children are usually supposed to do. But there is another side to this; one which is filled with children struggling to set foot inside a classroom, yearning to own the storybooks on display in some bookshop, dreaming of flying an airplane in their cold harsh world of sleeping with the entire family on the floor of a single room house.
This Children’s Day we bring you stories of courage from various places in India; children who are from very poor backgrounds, children for who, eating two meals a day is a struggle.
On this children’s day, we will see the
STORIES Of COURAGE :
” It is a hard life when you live in poverty, especially when you are a child. There are so many things that you want, but you cannot have them because you do not have the means to get them. Do you know what I wanted the most? I wanted to go to school regularly. Not just when my parents could afford it.
Both my parents are day labourers. Some days are good and they get work, and some days are not so good. When my parents get work, we can eat food that day; else we just manage like that.
I study in Grade 4 at Mission Education centre in Delhi. I see children of my age with so many good things – things I wish I could have. But what I want most is to gain knowledge about everything. I want to study hard. And one day, be able to provide for my family. I want to become a doctor when I grow up and help out the poor and needy people. I wish to remove poverty from our lives and this Children’s Day I pledge to do my best and make my dreams come true.”
2) SITA, RANI, KHUSHI
“All of us go to the same school. Our parents did not want us to study initially but didi from the Mission Education centre convinced them that the education was free of cost and it will empower us for the future. Our parents work as agricultural labourers and cannot afford many things and we want to change that.
Most girls in our village are married by the age of 14 or 15 but we are more interested in getting an education. Imagine how good it will feel when we can buy any amount of colour pencils or candy or ribbons for our hair with our own money and take our parents to see the big monuments in Delhi!”
*They are some of the few girls who attend school regularly. This Children’s Day they have pledged to sensitize other girls and their families about the benefits of girl-child education.
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