Covid-19 virus has become a part of a life since 2 years. Starting from a mere street hawker to the big business men, there is no single person left whose life has not been affected due to this pandemic. It made the lives of a very few people but shattered the dreams of many.
This is the story of a struggling 5 year little girl Rupali Dora (not real name) who lives in one of the most congested unhygienic slum of Bhubaneswar. Her father has passed away and her mother, Ranjita Dora (not real name) is a maid. She toils all day in other's house to make the ends meet and give her daughter at least a satisfactory life but is mostly unsuccessful to do so. After she leaves home to go to the work, her daughter wanders outside the house as she has nothing productive to do. While doing so, sometimes the children of the neighborhood come beat her, tease her and take away the food stuff that her mother gave. Then, she cries and remains hungry for half the day as she knows her mother is not going to come back from work before afternoon. One day, one of our teachers noticed the cruel treatment of the innocent one. The next day, when she saw her mother, she asked her why is her daughter wandering outside ideally, it's the age of schooling then why she not going to any school. Then the mother replied that she wants to send her to school but she cannot afford the school fees and other expenses of her education. She had sent Rupali to some other schools where free education was being provided but their proper care of a daughter was not being taken. Nextly, the teacher convinced Miss Ranjita that by her one wages she can manage to give her daughters' school fees if she sends her to Ruchika Play School. Her mother got persuaded and sent her daughter to our school. She was happy to see her physical and mental development at school. She got the necessary attention and care that she needed. Eventually, she even came out to be a very good student. During the covid outbreak, the teacher managed to continue her studies. This year, after giving the exams she will be going to other school for further studies. Ruchika play school was really a great help and boon for the girl. It was great initiative to make her dreams come true.
Due to the covid 19 pandemic, everything is happening in online mode since 2 years. There is not a single person left in this whole world whose life is left uninfluenced by this disastrous scenario. Some lives have been affected in calculated amounts and some beyond the scope of one’s imagination. For the office employees, especially of IT sectors it’s quite manageable but for the street hawkers, labours it was a time of despondent and starvation. Overall, all those sectors in which the works were possible in online mode have continued peacefully; same is the life for those who could afford the expenses of online mode to continue with their work or education. But what about the poor slum children, whose parents struggle to make both their ends meet? Can they even think of having smart phones/tablets /laptops, wifi connection for making their child’s education possible.
This story is based on a child’s life with similar condition. It’s about a 5 year old lad Rajiv (not real name) whose parents are labours. They live in Kalpana medical slum. Both toil very hard in the scorching heat of the sun to make their child’s life better. But when the time came for taking a very important step for their child’s life, which was about his education, the pandemic was a great obstruction for them. It shattered their dreams as they had thought to enroll in some government school or some affordable private school. But amidst covid, they could very clearly see that in government schools, the teachers are unable to reach the children so education is not proper there. Additionally, he was a very sharp, intelligent, clever and smart, so they wanted his foundation will be so strong that he can excel in his future but now they could not do anything. In this dark and hopeless moment , one of our teachers reached to them after knowing about them and she said that they are not doing online classes as the slum people cannot afford it but they even have a better solution . They will themselves come to the child following all the safety precautions and teach the child with proper social distancing. They agreed and from the very next day she came to his home and started teaching the child. He started understanding all the concepts and the progress was clearly visible in him. His parents were very grateful to the teacher as she helped them in a very difficult situation. They were very happy that their capable and prompt son could flourish with seven colours by the help of our teacher.
This pandemic situation has affected everyone’s life, some drastically and some are slightly affected. But technology has somewhat made our lives easier , in offices employees are doing their work from home online , people are buying their essentials online , students are getting their education through laptops or mobiles in online mode too. But what about the students in the slum , who don’t have enough money to buy smart phones and attend the online classes ? What could they do in this dark and hopeless moment? This was the biggest challenge to our teachers. Though this task was difficult and somewhat impossible but our teachers have made it possible by adhering to the rules. They go from house to house and by maintaining social distancing whatever they can teach their students they teach. They make groups of 3 to 4 students , living in adjacent houses and teach them. The teachers even aware the students about covid 19 and tell them all the necessary measures they should take in this critical period to be safe. One of the teachers met Jitu’s (Not real name) parent and got to know their trouble. she got the knowledge about his present condition , that it has been 1 year since he is sitting at home and his education has stopped. Previously he was going to school near his house where, after lock down period they are neither doing online classes nor adopting any measure that would help the education of all their students possible. After knowing this , the teacher prescribed them to get their son admission in Ruchika Play School. They would provide him with the study materials and she would come in regular intervals and take his class. Gradually ,after taking regular classes from our teacher he learnt something new each day . He became interested in studies and even his parent could see the change in him. His parents were very happy as their son was finally continuing his path of learning.
Gupchup ( Golgappa ) saler‘s daughter is now a student in a play school …….
A girl named Pralipta(Not Real Name) lives in Jharana slum. Her father is a gupchup ( golgappa ) saler and her mother was a house wife. She loved her mother but at a very young age her mother left her .she was in a traumatic situation .Her father could not take out enough time for her. He could not even care for her or give her enough attention as she needed. So he decided to send her to aunt’s house where at least her mood can be lifted. So she went to her aunt’s house but still she missed her mother very much. Her aunt thought that if she mingles and plays with some other children she might feel better. So talk to one of the teacher of our school and she suggested her aunt to bring her to Ruchika Play School for some days; if she finds any change in her behavior then she can enroll her in our school .From the very next day, she brought to our school .pralipta was also happy .She also enjoy with other students. Gradually she forgot all the sorrowful situation of her life and became a joyful child once again .After noticing such a great change in her, her aunt finally agreed to enroll him in Ruchika Play School. Now she is doing very well in academics and she and her aunt feel that our school is like a dream come true for them.
A child named Sandip ( not original name), lives in Jharana slum. His father‘s name is Sambit . He is a sales man, and his mother Ranjita is a house wife. Every time Sandip was found roaming aimlessly in the slum .seeing this condition of their son , his parents were very disheartened and felt pity .when sandip’s father saw the children going to school with proper uniform ,learning new things and speaking English , he had a dreamt of his son would reading in an English medium school. But due to the lack of money he could not afford the expenses of an English medium school . when they came to know about Ruchika Play school and its affordable fees , they got a ray of hope .they admitted their son in the school . at the time of admission , the child was reluctant to study . But gradually, he was fascinated with studies. This year , he has completed the nursery class and he has taken admission in another English medium school from class 1 . Now his parents are really happy by seeing the child’s improvement in studies. Ruchika Play school has successfully made their dreams come true ……………
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