FEATURED
Previous | Next  

A Job? Yes, but only when there is Electricity! - Our School Children - 23 Aug 13

23 Aug 2013  Vrindavan, India

Category: Charity

Tinku with his mother and siblings

Tinku with his mother and siblings

Today I want to introduce you to a new boy at our school: Tinku. He is eight years old and has started learning in the LKG, the Lower Kindergarten - which is like a preschool class in which children learn writing and reading - the basics for going to the Upper Kindergarten and then the first class. We went to visit him at his home and get to know his family.

Many of the children who live in Tinku’s neighbourhood also go to our school, so there we were greeted by a crowd of children who followed us to his home. There we met his mother, his eleven-year-old sister and his twelve-year-old brother.

Tinku’s father was at work. He works at a factory that makes cables – and although his family is happy that he has this job, it does not mean a steady income! He earns 200 Rupees, which is approximately three Dollars, on every day that he works. But he can only work when there is electricity! Without electricity, the factory closes its doors for all workers and nobody gets money.

This may sound strange to someone who lives in a country with constant power supply. In India however, it is not unusual, especially in rural areas, that there are days without power. Fortunately we don’t live in such a place and it is rather rare that there is no electricity for more than a few hours but our Ashram has several batteries to cover the frequent interruptions which are mostly only of short time. A whole factory however has to think if it wants to pay his workers on a day when they can only work half of the time due to power cuts! They may not be able to run their big machines on a battery and so they send their workers home. Tinku’s mother told that especially in summer there are months in which her husband only gets to work on a few days – and only brings home a few days’ money.

It doesn’t matter however how much he earns or doesn’t earn – they have to pay the school fees of their two elder children, have to buy food and clothes and other home expenses and of course their rent of 500 Rupees per month. This is the money their landlord charges for two small rooms and a kitchen – the third room which belongs to the house is not really ready yet, nor are the stairs or the roof. They have a front entry – but no door! Every evening and whenever they leave their home, they have to lock the doors of the rooms separately.

In order to be able to afford the rent and also eat and live, they have to borrow money from their family, like Tinku’s aunt who lives just next to them and whose son also started learning at our school. So while they have a support system with the people who live around them, they are more than happy that they don’t need to pay another child’s school fees!

Tinku is a happy boy and the teachers of the school believe that he will learn quickly in our school. He himself already feels well there. Of course – he has lots of friends, many of whom live close to his home!

It is beautiful to see these children play and learn at our school. If you think so, too, you can support their education by sponsoring a child or the food for a day!

Share this post on: 

Tags:: Children, Charity, Money, School, Work, Poor, Our School Children

0 Comments

Posted By Swami Balendu

Swami Balendu

Older Entries

Children get Clothes

Happy Diwali also for our Children

Happy Diwali to all of you! The Ashram celebrat...

Breakfast

Apra's German Grandparents in Vrindavan - 28 Oct 1...

Apra’s German Grandparents in Vrindavan - 28...

Distributing Workbooks

New Workbooks for our smallest School Children - 2...

It is Saturday, the weekend has started and for ou...

Fear

Caught in a Web of your own Fears? Here is what to...

Sometimes it is strange for me to see how much fea...

Shirodhara

Shirodhara - Ayurvedic Treatment against Stress, D...

A whole lot is going on, as always, and we are bus...

Peaceful Conversation

A Call for open Communication - because it helps! ...

I have always been a believer in open communicatio...

atheist meeting vrindavan

Thanks to religious Leaders, a cancelled Event mad...

So yesterday was my 45th birthday and definitely a...

Ewai Masti

National Convention on Atheism in religious Town V...

Until now, I have not told you yet about a program...

Balendu and Apra

Treasuring every precious Moment with my Baby - 5 ...

Today I woke up in the morning, as usual next to m...

Money

Please read if the Aim of your Life is all about M...

I yesterday wrote about parents who want to suppor...

Related Blogs

Poor Children without Shoes

Discouraging Dishonesty in Poor Children - 12 Jan ...

The results of the climate change of the last year...

Help Monika

Help Monika - a 12-year-old with severe Burns! - 1...

Today I will start a series of blog entries. I wan...

Vinod and Family

When the Cow has a Room but the Family doesn't - 1...

Today I would like to once more introduce you to a...

Thomas showing the children his Sitar

A refused Volunteer Application - Example of a wro...

Here at the Ashram we are always open to welcome v...

Shivam, Kanhaiya and their Mother

A Father's Death twenty Days before a Sister's Wed...

Today I want to start something which has been on ...

Shekar

A Chance for a Young Boy - 23 Nov 09

I already said that it is getting cold here now an...

Apra eating with the Schoolchildren

All Children are equal - that includes our Daughte...

Yesterday I told you about the question whether ou...

Jyoti, Sandhya, Kajal, Rakhi and Radhika with their mother

Five Girls were born in the Hope for a Son - Our S...

Today I want to introduce you not to one, not to t...

Swami ji & Yashendu

Fundraising Lottery in a Furniture House - 4 Jul 0...

Today Ramona dressed up nicely in the morning and ...

Children

Second Pair of Uniforms for the Children - 15 Oct ...

Today in the morning Andrea had to leave the Ashra...

Shalini and her Family

A drunk Father beats his Wife and doesn't send his...

It is Friday again, the day for introducing you to...

Gaurav with his Mother and Siblings

22 Family Members in six small Rooms - 23 Jan 15

When we arrived at Gaurav’s home, it was at ...

The boys are happy about their new shoes

A School for the Poor, not for the Rich - 12 Apr 1...

Today a family came to the Ashram. It was an India...

Mohini with her Uncle and Father

When a barber has five Children in order to have S...

Today I would like to introduce you to a girl of o...

Rasik, their mother and Sonu

A barber with no Money for extras like School Fees...

I would like to introduce you to Sonu and Rasik to...

Akhil with his mother and sisters

Going to School for real Education - Our School Ch...

It is Friday again, the day to introduce you to an...

Lokesh and Kaushal in front of their home

Wet Belongings every Time it rains - Our School Ch...

Today I would like to introduce you to two boys wh...

Rohit with his mother and sister

Coming to School for the first Time with nine Year...

A few weeks ago we visited a boy of our school, Ro...

Hari Om and his Family

Four Girls and two Boys - and five of them learnin...

Today I will introduce you to one of those childre...

Harshit and his Aunt

A Half-Orphan searching for his Place - Our School...

Today I would like to introduce you to Harshit, an...

Have something to say? Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will be allowed if they are about the topic and not abusive.

Get Swami Ji's Diary via Email


Enter your email-address to get news by email!

Feedburner
Blogs
2960
Comments
7384
Topics
83