The boy you see in the picture is Rashid. He lives in Arthala with his mother and two sisters. He is one of the first students of Arthala Bal Vidyalaya (ABV) and currently studies in standard four. In 2009 when he joined the Education Centre he was about seven.
Like other boys his age, Rashid loves to play cricket. But in the evenings while most of his friends in his mohallago out to play, he has to go to work. Rashid is a street vendor. For the past one year he has been selling kebabs at a nearby Masjid , in his locality. He earns about Rs. 2000/- in a month from selling the dish made with pieces of meat or vegetables.
His eldest sister, an ex-student of the school, studied in the centre till class 8 before she was assisted by the ABV staff in getting admission in the nearby Govt. school. His other (younger) sister is also a student of ABV and is currently studying in class I. Rashid’s dad was a daily – wage earner. He had two marriages. When his first wife passed away he married his wife’s younger sister; Raashid’s mother. He had four children from the earlier marriage. Rashid and his two sisters were still young when his dad passed away. His older step – brothers and sisters refused to support them. His mother was asked to either earn her own living or leave the house along with her three children. That was when Rashid and his sisters decided to sell kebabs to help their mother financially.
Rashid is a quick learner. He is an average student but a positive child. He’s always ready to learn new things. He loves dancing and participates in all the cultural events of the School. The nominal school admission charges have been waived off for him. And his complete educational requirements (including books and uniform), are taken care of by the organisation.