We are happy to share the story of Kowshan with you.
Kowshan is living in Kaja pettai. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. His father is a drunkard. His mother often gets arrested for theft and commercial sex work and she spends 3/4th of her year in the prison. His father is working in a medical shop. The family situation does not allow Kowshan to concentrate in his studies. But he is interested in the traditional game “Kabadi”. He has won many prizes in Kabadi. He is interested in sports.
His father’s monthly income is Rs.9000. But Kowshan’s father does not give money for household expenses. Since the parents are irresponsible, Kowshan is forced to take care of his siblings. Hence he started working in a lathe shop.
Gowshan earned the Rs.300 per week. He was not admitted to a school and the parents never thought of it. He started smoking with his friends. Our New Life staff identified this boy. The counselor and the special school teacher went to Kowshan’s house and spoke about the importance of education to him. He did not want to come to school. We found his feeling of anxiety about the plight of his siblings. Hence we assured that all the three will be admitted and they can have a full meal in the noon. He accepted after several attempts and was admitted to the Child Labour Special School with his brother and sister.
In the very beginning he did not sit in the school. He used to go away. It was difficult for him to concentrate and learn. He does not even knew the basic letters in Tamil/ English. Later he started studying. Now he has improved a lot and is able to read and write Tamil/English words. He likes to come to school now and study. He respects and obeys the teacher now.
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