By Mansi Chaturvedi Sharma - Resource Mobilisation Coordinator
Dilruba wants to become a doctor
Dilruba joined Kilkari Rainbow Home in Delhi in 2008 when she was around 8 years old. She hails from West Bengal and like millions of other Indian families hers too migrated to Delhi in search for a dependable and consistent means of livelihood. With no friends or family members to tether them to the city, Dilruba's family set up a small shanty in slums offsetting the New Delhi Railway Station, and started to earn their first wages through ragpicking.
Irrespective of her young age at the time, and like most other children in her new neighbourhood, Dilruba also participated in the family’s new profession to contribute as best as possible to their joint, meagre income. While on the street, she met with representatives of an NGO that provided street-based, non-formal education services. These good Samaritans referred Dilruba to Kilkari Home, encouraging their parents to let her participate in the Rainbow Home program for proper security, education and nurturing.
Initially, only Dilruba joined the home; however, after her father’s death her younger sister also joined us at Kilkari. Dilruba’s mother is now working as a sanitation worker at Central Park and is able to earn an income off the street.
Dilruba is a strong example of hard work and diligence. She is a highly participative child that already exhibits strong leadership skills. Now 16 years old, she is currently in Class 11th at Daisy Dales School in Greater Kailash-I, where she receives an education free of cost based on merit and need. She is interested in becoming a doctor, and the home team is working on charting out a career and training plan for her, in keeping with this dream and owing to her solid academic record.
Jan 17, 2017
Maria on top of the world
By Rishabh Lalani - Head - Resource Mobilisation
In the coming months the world will see 13-yearls old Rainbow child, S. Maria in “Poorna” a film on youngest mountaineers who scaled Mount Everest made by renowned actor turned film maker and social activist Rahul Bose. A bright, active resident of Aman Vedika Rainbow Home, Musheerabad, Maria was born in Hanumakonda village of Warangal, Maria grew up in children’s home in Bangalore where she studied till class 7. Due to a sudden twist of destiny, she found herself in some unfortunate circumstances on the streets. She was found by the social mobilisation team of the Rainbow Homes and was invited to the Aman Vedika Rainbow Home. Maria shares,“During shooting, I enjoyed a lot because I never got a chance to act in a movie. I feel lucky to have met Rahul Bose and feel very happy to have played an important role in the film. There are so many child marriages happening, hope after watching the film they will become aware of how wrong this is. I am filled with excitement and waiting for the film to be released.”.
Sep 7, 2016
By Rishabh Lalani - Manager - Resource Mobilisation
Saritha lost her father when she was 5 years old. She comes from a backward caste family from rural Telangana. Her childhood was full of suffering since her mother struggled to make ends meet. Her mother migrated from their native village to Hyderabad in search of a better life but here too nothing worked out for them.
Saritha and her siblings had no one to take care of them when their mother went out for work. They had no opportunities for education, shelter, food and healthcare of any kind. The Rainbow Homes social mobiliser found this family in dire straits and decided to offer shelter to Saritha after speaking to her mother in 2011.
Initially, Saritha struggled with the absence of her mother. She would often wail waiting for her mother to come or call her. Slowly, the home team started giving her responsibilities such as leading the sister's committee, and various other committees. She also took various initiatives within the home and developed loving relationships with the other children.
In 2013, Saritha successfully completed her class 10 exam with 76% marks. She got a merit seat in Durgabhai Deshmukh College in Hyderabad and is now in her final year. She did very well in her first two years in college. Her college principal feels proud for having such a brave girl in the college. We know Saritha will keep scaling heights and break all barriers to reach her true potential in life.