It’s no news that there are places in this world where children are lacking the basic amenities of life. These children are born into a life of slum and garbage. They become cheap workers and are exploited by gangs or forced into child labour, they hardly have a chance to decide their own destiny
Even though there are organisations battling to give children happiness in this world, they can’t be everywhere. This brings a question; who will stand in the gap and give this children an intentional life on earth?
Meet Rajesh Kumar Sharma, a 43 year old shoe keeper by profession who decided to open a free school in New Delhi (india) for under privileged children.
Rajesh started this makeshift school 3 years ago. It all began when Rajesh visited the construction of the Delhi transit station and noticed that many children were playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned their parents working at the sites, they replied that there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared. All they wanted was for their children to get a job and add to the family income.
Remembering that he had to quit college at his third year due to financial constraints, Rajesh did not want the same fate to happen to this children. So he created an open -air class room between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system which is known as the Metro
Five days a week; on a torn rug to sit on, a metro bridge for a roof and a patch of wall painted black for a blackboard, Rajesh takes out two hours to teach while his general store in Shakarpur is attended to by his younger brother. His students are mostly labourers, rickshaw-pullers and farm workers.
Rajesh started with about 140 students and some of the students are now in government schools. Since the time this started, it has been funded by anonymous donors. These donors provide cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children.
Rajesh has been able to influence his community as a lot of parents are encouraging their children to study.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” – Carl Jung
Is there something you want to achieve but you feel there are no resources to make it happen, Well, Rajesh shows us that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. He decided to open his school under the bridge to accomplish his goal of an education for the poor kids.
Every man on earth can make a difference; if you have gone through a difficult situation or you have had a bad experience, why not share with others? Your experience can change lives. Don’t think you don’t have what it takes to cause a change. Every Man has the potential to influence his generation.
You are an Inspiration. Don’t Forget it.