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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.

 

The community, elected representatives, officials and donors have deeply appreciated KHW's initiatives through DPS. The Joint Director Education, Garhwal Division, Government of Uttaranchal wrote after inspecting DPS on 15th December 2005 -

“Really this institution is progressive. The teachers and also the management are very sincere. The campus and the site is very impressive.''

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