Article: Successful children today living on the railroad platforms

Many people will know young people well like Vicky Rai and Pankaj Gupta. Vicky Rai is a well-known photographer and Pankaj Gupta is a theater director and actor. A lot of people must have seen him in the movie ‘Hey Lucky, Lucky Hey’. While he was busy helping those most in need with the money raised during the Crown pandemic, Gaurav, a 12-year-old student, was teaching school children how to use computers in the shelter. The childhood of these young entrepreneurs has been full of difficulties, before establishing an excellent system of assistance to people in need. Most of his life was spent on the railroad platform. This was his permanent residence. But today he finds himself in the middle of society as a successful person and entrepreneur. Their life tells society that children who are somehow marginalized in the social fabric, if given the right help at the right opportunity and time, can give positive results and emerge as heroes to in society. These heroes share their life experiences, how circumstances broke them and who did what to them? Concerned about poverty and fed up with fights with his older brother, Gaurav fled a village called Bina in Madhya Pradesh during his childhood. He says that the next evening, when the train stopped at Mathura, I got off. A group of children from the station, some older and some younger, saw me alone and became friends. He gave me food and water and I started working with him at the station. The main thing we did was pick up the used plastic bottles on board the trains and then get off. For four or five months, Mathura railway station was the home of Gaurav. Referring to an accident during this time, Gaurav says that “Once I got on a train, which was slow, at that time the train stairs were slippery due to the rain, so I slipped on the platform and on the train running.time my loose shirt hung from my shorts and four or five empty water bottles hung behind my body.When I fell into the small space between the train and the platform, so I thought it could be the last moment of my life.of people couldn’t see him fall due to the noise at the station, but in the meantime a railway police officer rescued him and then took him to the center doctor to receive his treatment.Asking his pain, Gaurav says, “My eyes hurt. and had deep wounds to his back. A few days later, a friend of mine from the train station took me to a private hospital to get dressed, but I had no money for treatment, so he started advising me to go home.

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Due to the poor family situation, instead of going home, Gaurav took a train to Delhi. As soon as he landed at New Delhi station, the team operating the shelter at Lajpat Nagar took Gaurav under his protection and took him to a safe haven home. where he treated her well. Gaurav says that “I remember very well those days, at that time my shirt was stuck to the wounds of my back, during the counseling he asked me for my address, after a few months my mother came with a neighbor and he took me back to the village. I took it. ” Food was a big problem for Gaurav even after returning home due to financial difficulties. Fed up with the situation, Gaurav had to flee his home again. He came to Delhi by Mathura. Where he found work in a wallet factory, but working there, he became a victim of claustrophobia. So he had to go back to Delhi train station in search of food. There, a GRP official gave him the option to stay at the Salaam Balak Trust or return home. Gaurav is currently at the Institute. of Wales.Student Marine Science in Science Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai. Jeevan gave him a second chance in 2010, when he joined the DMRC Salaam Balak Shelter Home Facility in Tis Hazari, Delhi, where he was taught English at Pratap Nagar. Entered a middle school, Gaurav says, “I had a good life. Around 2012 I got good grades in school, so I enrolled in 5th at Lawrence Sanawar School. I graduated good grades and I started playing basketball, cricket, soccer, hockey, squash, shooting there.Havavav was also selected to play on the school cricket team.I wanted to join the army taking the NDA exam, but then found out that he had exceeded the established age limit, after which he decided to pursue a career in the merchant navy, so he studied through YouTube and other online education media. But because of Corona, his examination of the class XII board was canceled, and it was during this time that he had the opportunity to meet the director of Wales, who offered a partial exemption from the tuition based on your qualifications.The rest of your fees are borne by the Salaam Balak Trust.

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Vicky is a few years older than Gaurav. Its history begins in Purulia in West Bengal. He left Purulia at the age of 11 after being severely beaten by his grandmother. Vicky hoped that one day she would become a great actor. “With that hope, she came to Delhi. Although her place here was only Delhi train station. Where she had her hardest day. For five or six months he picked up empty bottles on the platform, filled it with cold water and sold it on a general bus.While he was on the railway platform, he was threatened several times by other dominant children and also injured him. with razor blades These incidents forced Vicky to leave the station Diya and he started doing dishwashing work at a hotel near the station Currently Vicky’s journey to become in a recognized photographer she has also been completed with the support of Salaam Balak Trust.During this time she has had many mentors who have helped her to perfect her skills.Her skills were perfected during her training at Trivandrum Kala Sangam of Delhi and had the opportunity of s er apprentice with photographer Other Mann. The British High Commissioner helped him financially in his first solo exhibition. He began to gain recognition at the level. He was selected by the Maybach Foundation, based in the United States, to prepare a paper on the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. Vicky was also shortlisted for the MIT Media Fellowship in 2014 and the Forbes Asia 30 Under-30 list in 2016. Similarly, at the age of eleven, Mohammad Shamim of Jharkhand fled his home in Madhupur in New Delhi. Shamim recalls: “My father wanted me to study in a madrasa, so I had to stay away from my family. Once, when I was taken to school from home, I ran away and got on the train. to Delhi. I knew so much that a lot of people in my village work in Delhi. ” Shamim did not realize that Delhi was a big city. He thought that the people of the village would find him after arriving in Delhi in the same way as a normal person in the city. people. They find him in a search. According to Shamim, after arriving in Delhi, he has nothing to eat, so he had to spend three days in the water. Shamim says, “I saw a man asking a lot of people about the station.” will you work I said yes! He asked “Son, what can you do?” After that, Shamim went with this man to Meerut and worked in his fields for three years. According to Shamim, they were good people. They don’t give money to work. .But he took good care of him.Although the work in the field was difficult.Samim wanted to get back from there but the train ticket checker grabbed him without a ticket and slapped him.

Shamim says, ‘I was standing outside the station near a poplar tree when a man approached me and asked,’ Will you study? ‘I said yes.’ “Shamim says he had all kinds of apprehensions in his head at the time. Will anyone misuse him somewhere? But contrary to his apprehension, his life changed. In SBT, he received puppet training. made by Shamim has participated in this year’s Republic Day parade.Shamim received a three-year HIV / AIDS prevention project from the Ishara Puppet Theater at the age of seven.His first job was with a salary Shamim currently has his own organization through which he shows puppet shows at home and abroad.Today he has his own home and family in Delhi.Pankaj’s father was poor and used to run a dhaba in the Jhinjhak area of ​​Uttar Pradesh.Pankaj, plagued by poverty, was working in his father’s dhaba when he first met members of the Salaam Balak Trust (SBT) .Pankaj says, “Through him, I started going to school without admission and passed the school exams . I was able to take the exam because a student of my name was absent. ”However, within days, Pankaj gave up confidence and moved to Firozabad, where his father was trying to start a new business. There Pankaj started working in a bracelet factory and also started selling bhelpuri in the streets.However, a few days later, Pankaj had to return to the Salaam Balak Trust again as the addiction increased. from his father to alcohol, which worsened the domestic situation.Today Pankaj is 32 years old and is an experienced theater artist and instructor.He has also acted in many films.He took theater classes at the Salaam Balak Trust and has been a Broadway-style performer in the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurugram, SBT changed his life a lot and trained in theater and drama, and has directed several plays independently since 2015. Of these, ‘Unique Journey ‘and’ Street Dreams’ have become especially popular.

Mamuni Das


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The author is a member of Work No Child Business

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