It is amazing to see the way our patrons come back to Deepalaya even after years of moving away from India. Mr. Bram and his wife Ms. Anna from Netherland visited Sanjay Colony on the 29th of August after a long gap of 5 years. Mr. Bram was associated with Deepalaya since 1996 when he was working at a managerial role with ICCO (Inter church Cooperative for Development Corporation) along with EDUKANS. These two groups helped in raising funds for Deepalaya. It was in 1997, when 75 students of Deepalaya along with 10 staff went to Holland. The children performed (Cultural Programmes - dances of India) in various schools in Holland and raised funds.
A little girl about 4 or 5 years old, with fine, delicate features and bangs that fall on her face …shortly after our arrival at Deepalaya, the children’s school at Sanjay Colony slum in the backstreets of Okhla, she gently reached out to hold hands with me. And for almost the entire two -hour visit, she would not let go. And neither would I. My hand got sweaty, I couldn’t really take many pictures and I missed some of the tour. But I decided not to let go until she did.