Sibani (not her real name) is a girl of 11 years old and reads in Class-V. She lives in Ashoknagar slum with her family. Her father is a daily labourer and spent a major part of his income in alcohol, so it was very difficult for her mother to maintain the family. The acute poverty in the family did not allow Sibani to go to school regularly. So many times, she was irregular in school and engaged in household activities with her mother. In the mean time our Remedial teacher identified her and she was enrolled in the Remedial center. The teacher put some extra effort which helped Sibani to be blossomed. This made her encouraged to go the school regularly and participated in different co-curricular activities. This year she stood first in her class in Goutam Nagar Upper Primary School. Now she is continuing her education and doing well in her studies.
In a tragic incident, a 2 year old child Pinku (not his real name) of a poverty stricken family was sold to another person of the slum. When the incident came to the knowledge of the “Balika Mandol” (Girls’ Club organized by us in each slum), the members of the Mandol conducted a meeting and decided to intervene into the matter. They investigated the matter and learnt that the child belong to a broken family. His father is an alcoholic person and lives separately from his wife and child. Mother works as a daily labour as well as found to be involved in prostitution. The child in question is the only child of the family but he was creating hindrance in the free movement of the mother. So mother decided to sell the child. Sp, she sold the child to another person of the slum for five thousand rupees. The buyer family does not have a child.
However selling and buying of a child is punishable under Juvenile Justice Act. Again illegal adoption of a child or adoption without following CARA guidelines is also punishable as it affects the life of the child. Hence Balika Mandol members asked the mother about her child and located the child in the slum. Then they reported to Police. The Police intervened and rescued the child from the house of the buyer. After intervention of the community the child was back to the mother. The mother was warned. The buyer was arrested. The child is happily living with the mother.
Due to timely intervention of our slum “Balika Mandol” (Girls Club), the baby child was rescued and the Balika Mandol is also looking after the child and monitors the movement of the mother.
Jabal (Not his real name) is a 9 years old boy. He belongs to a very poor family and lives in a slum called, Nilamadhab Basti. His late father was an auto driver and migrated some years ago from Nayagarh to Bhubaneswar in search of work.
Unfortunately, Jabal's father died in a road accident and all hell fell on his mother. She was a village women and didn't know anybody here in Bhubaneswar. Life was miserable for her and the 5 children. Finding no other alternative, she started working as a housemaid in nearby colony and feed her children. Education was a distance dream for the children.
Ruchika is running Remedical Education Centre in different slums of Bhubaneswar. Here also, the teacher came to know about this family and went to meet them. She counselled the mother and children. Jabal enrolled in the Remedical Education Centre. Then the teacher went to the nearby government school and discussed with the Headmaster. Initially he was reluctant to take admission of the child because he is from other District. When our teacher explained him about the "Right to Education Act." of government, he agreed to admit him in Class-III.
Now Jabal has excelled in his studies. He has secured very good marks and stood first in his class in the recently concluded annual examination. He has been selected for 'Scholarship" also. His mother and school teachers are very happy. Jabal is going to school and attending remedial education classes regularly. He wanted to be a Teacher in life.
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