Today, we brought two more children to Don Bosco. Sumit and Prince both age 5 are now given a home and a chance for a future. But before I went to mass and picked up the two boys, I walked past a landfill where a mother and her son, (perhaps 7-8 years old) were scouring through the landfill searching for valuable garbage that can be sold. For many of the children in Kolkata, they don’t get to sleep in at 5:30 in the morning. Their early mornings are always busy with work; finding trash, fetching water, digging for coal/charcoal to cook with and never a thought about getting ready for school since that is not an opportunity given to them. The future for these children are the things surrounding them; the landfills, and the occasional jobs they may find, and life in the streets.
As of today, both Sumit and Prince are at Don Bosco and will have a chance at a future like the rest of the children who are sleeping at 5:30 in the morning and then waking up to get ready for school.