From: Hand in Hand
Coming from a harsh environment of selling fancy items for a living along with alcoholic abusive parents, enrolling in Poongavanam RSTC changed Shakthi’s life! Initially, he didn’t like the routine, but gradually he appreciated the value of learning especially through the forms of dance, songs and stories. He has made friends and has become a new boy, leaving his old habits behind.
Shakthi’s life has been transformed in more ways than one. These strong stories translated to motivational messages, encouraging other parents from his community to send their children to the school. He mentions how he gets new clothes, soap and water to bathe and 4 meals a day – a non-existent reality for the other children! He learnt about social evils in the society such as drinking and consumption of tobacco and its ill effects. He communicated the same to elders in his village and is instrumental in changing their lives as well! Learning English, math and science, he is now able to read and write! He reads bus numbers and destinations with ease, making his mother proud. They don’t have to depend on passersby anymore.
Shakthi is a super kid, thinking far into the future. He wants to make sure all children globally are educated and have an equal opportunity to succeed in life. As the innovation behind a computer inspires him, he aspires to become a computer engineer someday!
Kids like Shakthi are the reason we do what we do. We are transforming their lives, opening their eyes to opportunity and providing them a platform to shine!