Wednesday, December 17, 2008

3 kids back to track...

Hey friends,
This happens to be one of the biggest achievements for LEAD...
As we all know, four families -- that of maruti, anil, sunil & Musoba had left to vasai for their livelihood reasons..
that too suddenly without even informing us .. thnks to Ashok & his family in Sector-17 who gave us the details of these kids...

Ashok gave us the contact details of Tukaram Jadhav who happens to be their labour contractor in Vasai & also uncle of Maruti & musoba...
so I & Nazia left for the expedition on Sunday 13th at 10 am.. took the ST bus from Thane to Vasai faattaa..
I still remember Nazia asking me curiously in the bus if I had the proper details as to where we have to go..
& I nodded confidently...Tukaram was not picking up the phone since 9 am...
Now the situation started worsened when we reached Vasai faattaa but still no response from Tukaram....
what to do??
we started asking people & local vendors about the pipelining work going around..
one tells here while other shows there....Not left with the option we kept wandering from place to place ..
asking almost every construction worker about such project around...looking for some huts...
meanwhile Arun called up ... He & Vikas had gone to Rupali & Maruti's house in Sathe Nagar to sort out the conveyance problem..
They couldnt meet Maruti.. so decided to make a second visit in the evening....
They went to Sector-17 back to talk to other people over there if they could help us out in VAsai...
He rings back to us saying father of 1 child is going to get the 3 kids back from Vasai to Airoli today...so you both plz stay there & confirm about their departure...

Indeed ,..a gr88 news for us there at 1pm.... still Tukaram doesnt pick up his phone ;-(

NAzia was already not in her good health.. still she kept encouraging me .... at about 2 we came to know from a guy about the pipeline work at FATHERWADI... but it was too far from Vasai faattaa...so we wondered if that wud work...
however better try the luck instead of roaming on the roads around & hunting for the new sitting places (roadside tappris)..
took a rick again, heading for that place... yes..we did found some cable laying work on the way that was finished .. but our hope started blossoming .... we reached there but again in vain..

thanks to our co-passanger in the rick who informed us about some more such work in progress further ahead...
phir kya?? Chalo !!!

it was almost 3 pm.. both of us looking at each other..Tukaram still not picking up ;-)
& what???
hey...I saw a lady on the way....then waved the hand out shoutingg at them... immidiately stopped the rick.....
she was maruti's mom !!!! she was accompanied by her mother in law & musoba's mom....
they burst in laughter seeing us there... "how the hell they reached here from Airoli? "
& suddenly MAruti's father joined us.. "Where are our kids??"
Here came smiling the man of the show.. Mr. Tukaram.... hardly resisted our temptation to hit him now...
actually it was not his problem.. his cell neither vibrated nor rang for the incoming calls ..
but he appopligized a lot for all our pains.. Musoba's hands, legs, complete bodies smeared in dust & mud literally moved us...

We decided to get to their homes to meet other kids to Vasai Faattaa... yes, we realised that they were located 1 km ahead of our unchartered territorry... ;-)
but kids were not there .. "They wud hav gone to one of the video parlour ", smiles Tukaram.....!!!!
the whole community over ther kept staring at us.. who are they?? why have they come here??
He fled the place to get them .. & meanwhile we got the time to spend some time with inhabitants of that slum...
Nazia spent some time talking tio the girls & women over there.. then we decided to do something for them instaed of simply wasting time...but what?????

we saw lot of garbage spread across the whole surroundings of the slum.. so why not educate people about cleanliness..
so the work Started!!!
gathered all the peopel.. about 30-40 of them across all the ages... we could easily read thier minds..."What do you want?".."What are you upto??"
the lecture started ;-) how garbage is linked to their health problems... imp of hygiene..children's care..etc..
But what?? it seemed like a movie show...it ended after 15 mints & people started getting back to their stuf...
we dint wnat that!!! so we started the action.. started picking up the garbage, gutkha packets, carry bags all the shit on our own & started dumping it at the corner of the area...
"Kya kar rahe ho bachchon..sir kachra utthaa rahein hain..unki madad karo", shouted a man... (but still he dint have the guts to stand up & clean the shit around..)..
anyways.. here came 1.. then 2..3... and we got a gr8 bunch of 8-9 kids who happuily strated doing the stuff..infact it was a fun drive for them...!!!!
These tiny change-makers were not only rewarded with chocolates & photos but...we paraded with this army to the whole slum now.... made them give a standing ovation to the efforts of these toddlers..& made them realise that its YOUR duty to clean ur shit & NOT that of ur neighbour's kids.....
hope this will open up their eyes..& minds...

It was 6 now & kids & their families had arrived by now....in fact anil & sunil had already packed up their bags !!!!
But Musoba was still fighting with his fear of leaving his parents... his dad & then even mom resorted to force.. the only thing that kept airing our flame of hope that he insisted he wud come tomorrow & not today... also the parents & other kids' guardians assured us they will get him tomorrow morning itself...
happily we departed with our 2 kids...Sunil's mother even handed over a 100 rupee note to me saying ..plz get chappal for him tomororw... we could easily make out the feelings of the parents leaving their kids in hands of a guy whom they know only since past 5 months...
Tukaram & ANil's dad left us till the ST bus stop....
no place to sit.. so we hesitated to get in but then there were very less buses.. so got in sumhow ..
was worried about Nazia who was not feeeling well & had already had her tough dose...however the conductor after quite a long time offrede her some place....Anil nicely sat down on the floor & had a nice nap ;-) while sunil kept standing for the whole 75 minutes w/o uttreing a single word...!!!!
Kids looked hungry so got their dinner & then headed for thane stn for airoli..
Handed over the responsibility of thse kids to Ashoks' family in Sector-17..
they too were very happy on seeing their boys back....

Meanwhile Arun too called up saying he met Roopali & MAruti's parents in sathey nagar ,.. handed over Rs.100/- (for a week)to Rooplai's mom (thnks to Vikas).. & took assurances about their kids' regualar attendences from them......

& yes ........
Yesterday we got the news from Vineeta,, that the tution session was once again fully pack with our all the 8 kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photos : http://picasaweb.google.co.in/lead.airoli/BackToSchool#



Regards
Rupesh

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