By Iyyappan Subramaniyan - Founder Managing Trustee
Child - Mukesh
Every child has a story at Sri Arunodayam- of happiness, of strength, sometimes of tragedy and sometimes... of hope!
Mukesh, 10 years old was begging on the streets of Chennai a few years back. The Child Line volunteers rescued him and his mother who was mentally ill.
While his mother was admitted to a psychiatric home, he was referred to Sri Arunodayam assuming that he was mentally challenged. During our medical and psychological evaluations we discovered that his IQ was normal. We enrolled him in to a blind school where he recently got promoted to the 5th standard. We regularly monitor his progress. He has been doing well academically and is a well-behaved child.
There are more than 3,00,000 child beggars in India today. Every year at least 40,000 more are added to the ‘begging mafia racket’. Mukesh’s story is a story of faith and hope... that every child beggar can aspire. We at Sri Arunodayam are proud of how far Mukesh has come, further strengthening our purpose and mission. Thank you all for your generous support.
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