“Very good Kailash. Sit down. Now, who will tell me the table number 2” the teacher said.
“Hey, you! Why are you standing near the window. Come on and join us dear.” The lady teacher called the kid who was staring at the class from outside.
The boy kept silent, but was still looking around at the class.
“What’s the matter child? You are son of Mr. Shuklaji. Am I right? Come in first.”said the teacher.
The guy came in and stood near her.
“So tell me, what is your name first?” Asked the teacher.
“Bholu is my name. ” Replied the child in a very innocent way.
“Bholu, why were you standing outside. Come on and join the other students.”
“No No. My mom says books are a waste of time. Dad tells me that education is not meant for people like us, as we are from the poor background. He says, education won’t be any good to me, but, if I work with him in his fields that would fetch some additional money for our home.” Replied Bholu looking down constantly.
“Bholu, education is must for everyone. It is right of every child. You know, if you read these books, you would learn many new things. Education would not only help you gain knowledge, but would help you earn more money in the future and you could support your family and your Dad. This age of yours is not meant for working in the fields, but my child, is meant for school. ”
The next day….
“Bholu, come and read this poem loudly.”
You would find lakhs of kids like Bholu who don’t get a chance for education. They are forced to work at a very tender age to feed themselves and their family. They are forced to beg, sell newspapers, serve teas, sweep the roads or someone’s home to feed their stomach. Some of the kids are forced into sex trade business (to which initially they are unaware) in the return of the food and clothes for themselves. Later, when they realize the pain of doing such work, they are made silent and forced to continue for feeding themselves as they don’t find any other way. There are lakhs of people in INDIA below the poverty line. In a few cases, Poverty leads a person to do many illegal things like robbery, murder, extortion which in turn leads them behind the bars. But, what option does a child have? They are forced to do such work for food and money.
Kids like Bholu are fed with many wrong conceptions in their mind by their parents about education. They are forced to opt for working at a small age as they are taught to be a man who has to feed his family members and run their family. We, people can bring some change in the life of such kids and help them get a meal with the education. There is a foundation named “Akshaya Patra” which is a nonprofit organization located in Bangalore, INDIA. The organization strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight not only hunger but also to bring children to school. Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) midday meal program serving wholesome food to over 1.4 million children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India. In association with the Blogadda team, they have started a campaign where a person who writes an article on it, Blogadda team would donate the entire one year meal for a kid. So, my one post would feed one child for the entire year and that makes me feel good. Thus a child won’t only gain some knowledge but, also could have a proper meal. There are other ways too, where a person can contribute some help. Have a look at the organization, site for the details : Akshaya Patra