A day in the life of Deepti ...
(Deepti a resident of the village of Kandoli is one of the few lucky women to finish her formal education and is now in a position to contribute to her community and is working for the development of her community).
After a busy day at school, where I work as a child sensitive community worker and address issues which hamper children from attending school or learn better.
Recently, I have been concerned with the absenteeism of four children from a family. These children live in extremely poor conditions but are academically bright.
I decided to pay a visit to the children, as I reached their house, a shabby room in an abandoned godown. Dharmendra the eldest, an 11 year old was taking care of his younger siblings - Jitendra his nine year old brother and Reema and Seema his little 4 year old twin sisters and with no trace of their parents. The family had migrated from Bihar in search of work; the parents are illiterate and are currently involved in manual labour for meager daily wages. When I reached the children were about to have their meal, a modest ‘roti' (bread) and pickle. I asked them why they did not attend school and they pointed towards Reema lying in a dingy corner, running high fever. I immediately tended to the little girl burning with fever. Their parents were away at work and I waited till they got back. I understand how helpless they were, torn between taking care of their child and earning money for their next meal. As I reassured them, that the children would be taken care if the school authorities are duly informed. As I left they were filled with gratitude and I thought to myself …that it was only job.
I am glad I have been given an opportunity to bring about a positive difference within my community and enjoy the confidence and respect of my community.