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After a long summer vacations, the schools have opened once again and the children of Ek Koshish have once again started going to the schools after a lull fired by scorching heat of the sun. I am also feeling a sort of vacuum in my inner self as my hours with these children are cut down due to their schools.

Really it is peace giving to be with them, to teach them, to talk and laugh with them, to share their innocent problems, to know about their little needs and to make efforts to resolve their tiny problems. Smile on their little faces, always fills me with immense pleasure and peace.  Do not know the reason as to why it happens actually? But I like and love to be with them. I want to see them grow and gain heights in their lives. I too wants others to join hands in hand in the similar cause. But the question that often arises in my mind as to how can I change the world? What type of other efforts could I do for this cause?

But I do not find exact answers to these issues. But one thing my heart always throbs, is that I can do something very big for these children in my coming future. Heart’s voice I always accept. I too wish God may help me in achieving my goal! Sometimes questions arise if we are part of this universe and nature, then why disparity exists on this beautiful planet? Why are we not equal? Why there are billions poor children with no education, no privilege? Mind tries its best to know the answers but is lost in the haze of plenty thoughts and arguments. Ultimately I just think that I have to make my efforts listening to the voice of my inner self only.

I just remember the beautiful lines of Robert Frost- “Woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have miles to go before I sleep”. How beautifully, Frost has tried to resolve the ongoing conflict in mind and advocates peace in the turbulent and wild inner self of a person mad for attaining goals in life.

Anubhuti Jain

 
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Summer vacations are going to expire very soon. All children are busy in completing their home works before the schools open. Of course they are not as lucky as other children of the rich people who spend their summer holidays at mountainous terrains. Prior to this year, I used to visit to the mountains in every summer vacations and have seen the beauty of Greater Himalayas and have had so many unique experiences which sometimes are still haunting me – What is Nature, Who created it, How is it healing, what can it have its impact on one’s inner and outer life, whether god and nature are the same and if so, who created god? All these questions coupled with strange and unique experiences are unsolved and are still unanswered in spite thousand and thousand years after human creation.
All of a sudden, when I was taking a class of the children for the purpose of getting their homework completed, I asked one question from one student, named Ravi- what is nature? There was a pin drop silence and every child was looking at one another’s face. Ravi who was a student in 6th standard was looking down at earth with his face and eyes blank as if he knew nothing. After a few seconds, I took the lead and just to ease out the atmosphere, I asked another question- what are trees, mountains, clouds, wind, rain, stars, sun, moon etc?  Still there was a silence. Though I had asked a very basic question but these children were unable to answer. The question was why? It appeared to me that they were so ignorant that they could not resemble themselves with nature. Then to break the silence, I told them these are Nature…. Nature is like our mother…………… that cures our miseries and paves the way for our growth. …. I was just talking about the goodness and motherly traits of nature, in the mean time Rakhi, a girl child, spoke extempore …” Agar Prakriti hamari mata hai, toh bhookamp kyon atta hai aur hamare ghar gir jate hain aur bahut log maare jatein hain” (If nature is our mother, why earthquake comes and pulls down our houses and many people are killed). I was shocked to hear such a response from such a small child. I called her near to me and asked very politely as to why she thought so. Her mother had told her that an earthquake had come recently in the region of Nepal and its surrounding parts of India and many of her relatives were killed. I had no answer except hugging that girl. In front of my eyes I had my good memories which I had lived with nature during my several trips and on the other hand what the girl child had spoke with such anger against nature.
Children are always true as they do not adopt dual standard while putting forth whatever is in their inside. It is true, Nature may be furious but the question is why? I am still haunting to find the answer and reply to that child!
Anubhuti Jain
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Today I would like to share a heart touching incident which I came to know here. Two children (real brother and sister) used to read in our this organisation. Their father was a drunkard and mother used to do petty house hold jobs. There were other 2-3 brothers and sisters. Elder sisters had been married in tender ages. Elder brother too used to do menial job in his tender ages. This girl was very week and used to live in dirty and torn clothes. Same position was that of the boy as well. One day, the persons of this organisation saw these kids on hungry and thirsty state in the boiling road in scorching heat in May 2011. They were in bare feet. Only God knew, how they used to walk with bare feet. That person of this organisation went to their parents and requested to get this kids join Ek Koshish. Initially the father was not ready, though the mother was ready. Father raised questions like who would pay for, what would be benefit of all such a ‘drama’, our forefathers were illiterate and lived a life like ours and we too would do the same etc. Anyhow, he was convinced that if they become educated, they would change their life style and thinking and the entire family would be able live with dignity and pride. Any how he started sending these two kids to this organisation. They required thorough one to one personal attention as they were totally backward, lacking confidence and in short knew nothing. It was as if they were from a different illiterate world.

Though it was a herculean task to inculcate them, but this challenge was accepted as a solemn duty by the entire organisation. Special attentions, hours and hours every day, were given on all areas for their development and growth. For the first six months, they could not even understand the basics. But after six seven months, when they had shed inner fear from their brain, both started doing wonders and started learning alphabets, etiquettes and manners…. They started doing anything like a kid from higher society even they started dreaming of becoming doctor or teacher etc.

In 2012, taking their growth, they were got admitted in a good public school by this organisation. In short, surprisingly they did very well and both were among the first five in their classes. In sports, music and dance also they had started doing well. Everyone was happy to see their growth.

But all of sudden in 2014, their father refused to send them to school. On being asked he excused that he could not do any work know and as such he wanted these kids to do some work to support his day to day life. It was very sad and surprising. Ultimately he withdrew these kids from public school in spite of fervent appeals of all volunteers from this organisation.

One day what was seen, was shocking! The girl was doing work as maid servant with her tiny hands in a house on monthly petty wage and the boy was compelled to join some tea/coffee stall to clean the utensils…………how pathetic it was. Destiny had crumbled upon them!

Just think……who spoiled their life- parents, luck, God or anything else? Why we are so selfish? Why we do not come out of our selfish motifs even in the matter of our kids? Was that the duty of a parent towards his own kids? Could liquor lead to such a down fall of person?

I am still thinking a right answer………….!

 

Anubhuti Jain

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A STEP TOWARDS CONVERTING DREAMS INTO REALITY

It is really good to see them jibilant………… These two students won medals in Atheletic meets in their Public School (in which Ek Koshish got them admitted this year)  ….Gold and Silvers…………

In Studies also, they are topping the class……..

May God Bless them !

Congratulations to them as well as staff of Ek Koshish for their dedication and support …..

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Talent Hunt by EK
Ek Koshish has been engaged actively in providing the education to those class of children which are not paid any attention by their parents as well as the Society. Ek Koshish accepts the children which have never been to any school and their parents can not afford them to go school for various reasons including the reason these children are the basis of their bread and butter as they has to work in their infant age for them in inhumane conditions. As such their childhood is spoiled and sacrificed due to their family needs and social backwardness. Games, sports, music etc which are essential for their growth are totally alien things for them.
However EK, with its attempts has started sports and music activities for the children who are coming  from this neglected class and hope that results would be better and EK may succeed in getting out some prominent children who could at least fulfill their dreams with proud and dignity.
In such efforts, EK has recognized talent of Cricket in one boy (EK do not want to publicize his name yet to give the whole word a surprise) who always dreams of Cricket. He wants to become Tendulkar. EK is trying its best to materialize his dream. Presently he is learning in a famous cricket academy and is preparing for playing a big tournament in future.   We wish him all the best!
Similarly we are trying to recognize other talents in children of this neglected class. And hope in our efforts, we shall succeed.
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