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Jun 1, 2018

"Saurabh & Gobinda with Hope @ Umeed

 

 

Umeed Rainbow Home (Sneh Ghar)
Mehrauli
Opposite Kutub-Minar
New Delhi
Suarabh & Gobinda with Hope @ Umeed Rainbow Home (Sneh Ghar)

Saurabh and Gobinda are two siblings in Umeed Sneh Ghar. Saurabh says, "I don't remember my father. We're from Bihar, but I remember our days on the street. Never knew that a better life existed away from the streets. Who knows it on the street?" he asks. 

"I came here, and realised what a different life is; realised the care and protection provided by Homes; realised that there is violence and abuse on the streets; realised why someone eloped with someone, and so on......"

"My brother-in-law used to beat us. He wanted us to go back to the streets; He wanted us to work, so that he could use us."

"..........but we are happy here. I want to complete my schooling, take a job, and support my family. Everybody loves us here, but one day we'll have to leave this Home, and settle in life; The Rainbow Home provides us care and protection, and education, food, and prepares us for a better life."

While he is talking, a few young ones come and hug him, tugs at him, and he smiles back at them. When he is asked, he says, these young ones look at me as their elder brother. They want the love and care not only from the Home elders, but from children like us. 

Saurabh & Gobind are siblings. They have Hope that Umeed Rainbow Home (Sneh ghar) will give them the life they had not dreamt of on the streets. 

         

Mar 12, 2018

"The Role Model"

It fills us with great pride to share that one of our Rainbow Home girl, Pooja Kumari of Kilkari Home, Delhi won three Olympic Medals: gold for the relay race, and two silvers for 100 and 200 meters sprints, at the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles in July 2015. Born in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Pooja hails from a poor and abusive family. At the age of eight, she ran away from home. Without a rupee, she boarded a bus to the town and from there a train to Delhi. Eventually she found her way from a drop-in centre to Kilkari Rainbow home. Pooja ’s temperament helped her settle in Kilkari effortlessly, and she quickly made friends. Realizing that Pooja unable to read, write and speak as per her age and once after confirming through a testing that she was intellectually challenged she was placed at Amar Jyoti, a school offering holistic and inclusive education for children with physical and mental challenges. Here Pooja blossomed, her speech cleared, she discovered a love for dancing. Sensing her interest and excellent performance in sports, the school enrolled her for state and then national level special sports events, all of which she trounced effortlessly. Recruited into the Indian national team, she underwent a series of training camps that culminated in her being selected to represent India in the Special Olympics. 

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Dec 14, 2017

From rag picking on streets to hallways of College

Amrutha
Amrutha

Amrutha’s storyAmrutha was a 13 year old orphan when she was found rag picking on the streets of Bengaluru.

Her father was an alcoholic and beat up her mother almost every day. One day her father drank heavily, picked up a quarrel and started attacking her mother, she fell down and died instantaneously.  Police arrested him on a murder charge and he was incarcerated for a long time.  Amrutha was admitted to a temporary home by an Aunt.  Later on, she became a member of Rainbow Homes (Auxiliam Navajeevana Society, Chamrajpet) in the year 2011.

While she was in Navajeevana, efforts were made to search for her father.  Although he was found, he advised her to remain at Rainbow Homes as she seemed happy there.  He ultimately died due to excessive drinking and this left a gap in her life coupled with the fact that she also lost complete contact with her brother despite searching long for him. Slowly but surely, her emotional wounds  healed in the  loving and caring atmosphere of Rainbow Homes and she grew  up into an intelligent, soft spoken and confident girl with an aptitude for Science and Writing.

Circa 2017, Amrutha joyfully expresses her gratitude to Rainbow Homes who encouraged & supported in her aim to successfully pass the 2nd Pre University Exams. She has recently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce degree program at St. Aloysius College, Bengaluru. She won a Rs.1000 Gift cheque at the inter college memorable quiz competitions. Recently, she was awarded Rs. 25,000.00 from Guardian of Dream Foundations for her success in studies. The dream of her life is to become an auditor. Amrutha tries her level best to make use of every opportunity that comes her way. She also contributes articles to the “Rainbow Sathi” which is a quarterly magazine that we bring out - articles & stories written by the children at our homes across India.

Congratulations to Amrutha………she has come a long way!!

 
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