Arastun with her grandfather
My name is Arastun. I am 16 years old live in Mankaki village of Mewat. I was studying in grade seven when I fell down at home and injured my spine. One of my legs started getting weak, and walking even 100 meters was a great pain in my legs and arms. I was limping badly and it was impossible to walk three kilometers to the school where I was studying.
My father, a poor man working as a farm laborer, took me to many doctors and hospitals but I could not be cured completely. The bigger casualty of the accident was my education as I could not walk to school. While under treatment, the teachers at my school agreed to keep me enrolled in the school and even promoted me to grade eight last year, but I was very sad as my father being a poor man could not think of a transport for me to travel to school. My father wanted me to study, and even my grandfather tried every possibility to keep me in school without a success.
One day my grandfather came home smiling and told me that I can go to school. I could not understand the reason behind the smile on my grandfather’s face but was wondering how can this be possible? The next day a van stopped in front of my house and I was asked to board it with help of two of my classmates. I thought I was going to school in a van hired by parents of some other students in our village, and maybe this was a one-day complementary ride to make me happy. I asked my classmates and was informed that the van was being provided by one organization called Lotus Outreach and will be carrying all of us to school every day.
I could not believe my luck and was so happy to going to school even though I could not walk. Children in villages of Mewat cannot think of these types of services being made available for free.
This is a blessing for me personally. I am in grade nine now, down because of my illness but not out. I sometimes feel depressed as I am disabled, but very happy to go to school, meet my energetic classmates - friends who always encourage and help me in forgetting that I have some disability. I want to go to school, study as long as I am alive. I do not know for how long I can survive as I am living on medication, but I am happy that I am alive and in school, lively with my schoolmate friends.
Long Live Blossom Bus.