The utter generosity of the poor humbles us. They give rice to every mendicant even when their rice is getting over. That is what needs to be understood - their greatnes and their richness. That is what they are defined by. That they are impoverished is what defines us.
We are the cause of that poverty - and the onus is on us to share deeply and completely. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- all of 19 years, dalit, landless, mother working
as a sweeper, father abandoned the family in her early childhood ... sweetest child, a mentor to all the village children. She failed her 10th, passed the next year, did a 1 year ANM course and
joined work as a assistant nurse for Rs. 3000/- for a 12 hour job. After this on her own initiative she did intermediate parttime. She could not do
Biology parttime. She desperately wished to study more ... with her present qualification her salary would never get hi- gher and overwork would be the norm.There is an oversupply of ANM nurses.
A B.Sc. nursing course would have cost lakhs and was beyond her dreams. Also, for that course Biology in the intermediate was a prerequisite which she did not have.
At that time a friend of ours was willing
to fund her GNM (Nursing) course. It was not that expensive, and would improve her prospects somewhat. Sukanya beamed down the phone at the news, immediately went around colleges,
found out the costs, called me up to confirm if she may pay the chalaan. She convinced
her mother, a sweeper, that she has to study further. The mother has agreed to
run the house with only her salary while she studies. Sukanya is a student once again ...