An emotional homecoming | A cozy winter for these children too!!
“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” - Walt Whitman
An emotional homecoming – a reunion of the past and the present
It was the last day of October. Cool breeze was blowing, indicating the onset of winter. Twenty Alumni including a girl came back to their alma mater for revisiting the good old days, the days of self-transformation and enlightenment. It was a proud moment for Mr. T K Mathew to see these children in an entirely different avatar. They were so meticulous about their appearance unlike the day when they were brought from the Okhla Mandi, railway stations and other places.
Dressed up for the first DCH alumni meet, their twinkling eyes reflected their achievements and dreams they have for their future. Out of respect they touched the feet of Mr. T K Mathew – the man who strived for changing their lives. Mrs. Mohammedi, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee was moved by the warm gesture.
Mr. John Rameson welcomed the guests and then told how one of the students traced the old students through facebook and talked to everyone personally and convinced them for this Alumni meet. After the welcome speech, students put up a scintillating dance performance. Thereafter, everyone came up stage to introduce themselves. Everyone had their own story to tell – the kind of circumstances they came from, intervention from Deepalaya, their transformation and their present. They may not be very well off but they are self-reliant and looking after their families, something we are proud of.
Thereafter, Mrs. Mohammedi addressed the gathering. She was moved by the role Deepalaya played in changing the lives of children. When Mr. Mathew was invited to say a few words, he said “Mogambo Khush Hua”. This was his way of expressing his happiness. Towards the end of the program, girls gave a stunning dance performance on the Bollywood number Jai Deva Shri Ganesha.
Who could have imagined that the alumni would one day sponsor a special meal for the inmates of DCH. Yes, the lunch never seemed as tasty as it was that day, as it took years for such a lunch to be served and savored by all.
A cozy winter for these children too!!
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill.
Winter is enjoyable for people who sit in closed cabins in their offices and huge bungalows. Life becomes hell for those who live on the streets. Howsoever, hard we try, it is difficult to give them adequate shelter and clothing to ward off harsh winter. Thanks to Aon Hewitt, an IT company based at Gurgaon, at least a few hundreds were given something to wear this winter. As a part of their “Joy of giving week”, people from AON Hewitt visited our Education on Wheels Program and distributed a sweater, a pair of socks and a blanket to each child enrolled in the program.
In a few minutes, children flocked around them who were distributing clothes, apprehending that they may not get. It only shows how needy these children are. There were some who had nothing to wear, not even bare minimum clothing. Hope they will have a cozy winter this year!