In the slum near the Gandhi Center, I met with little Rupa and her family to ask them if they wanted their daughter to attend boarding school. This time they agreed to let her attend. Rupa is a lovely six year old girl soon to be seven and she loves to learn whenever we come to teach her in the slum. I had spoken with the sisters at Nav Jeevan to come do a home visit and to verify Rupa’s living condition before she can be admitted. Now it is a matter of waiting and praying that she will soon be accepted.
I took another child from the Nimtala slum to visit a boarding school in Tolygunde area south of Kolkata. The six year boy and his mother along with his two siblings live next to the train tracks. His mother works to clean houses for a living and makes perhaps 2000-3000 Rupees per month. The young boy has not had any formal education and will probably have no chance of a future other than living out his life in the slum next to the train track if he is not placed into a boarding school.
Now it is a matter of waiting and praying that the two children will be accepted and getting papers for them will not be a complicated process.