"We will never forget the smiling faces of the children, and them holding our hands. They are the reason we went and it was an honour to meet them all. I smile every time I think of them."
Rosie and I spent a wonderful month at the New Life Centre recently.
Agnes Naskar (the daughter) is an absolute delight and we really enjoyed getting to know her, cooking with her, and occasionally going for a walk with her. Her English is good and she loves learning new sayings and having a laugh.
Mr Naskar is a saint and has a heart of gold. This is evident when the children come to book into school at the beginning of term. The school fees are 100 Rupees per month (about £1-50). Many parents come to beg for him to take their children even though they cannot pay the fee, because they realise that the only way out of poverty for their children is through education. He will sit these parents down and talk to them at length. He learns all about them and acts as a counsellor, helping them with all sorts of problems, and he always takes the child into the school even if they can't pay. Even if he later finds out that the parent could have paid, he does not throw the pupil out, because his attitude is "Why should the child be penalised because the father is at fault?" He is however no pushover, and pity that parent when next term's registration takes place!
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