Today, I went into the slum near the Ghandi Center and spoke with a few families living on the streets. I think I will be sponsoring two of the girls, maybe three that I met. I spoke with their families about the opportunity to attend school and they were excited at possibly going. However, they don’t want to attend boarding school because it would mean not being with their families. I was very touched to see how much they show love for each other and not wanting to be separated.
I spoke with Sister Mercy Maria about other schools to send the children and she recommended Saint George School. It is a free private school that operates on donations. So as I was speaking with the families and the three girls, I am thinking I will register the girls into Saint George. The girls are amazingly kind, beautiful, and loving. They work really hard at the Ghandi Center and are the most well mannered and polite kids I have met. And though it will not be a boarding school they will attend, my instinct tells me they will do well if they are given a chance.
In the slum, they earn a living by straightening used nails (1 rupee for 1 kg nails), making belts (1.5 rupee per belt) and other clothing accessories at similar wages, and sorting plastics and botttles (1-2 rupees per kg).