Aasmin

Aruna

Aasmin is quartered below Ber Sarai flyover. She migrated from Madhubani, Bihar and has two siblings Parveen & Iqbal.There is no domestic peace at her place due to quarrelsome parents who are into drugs & violence. The situation can go out of hand where the father beats up their mother blue & black and demands money, twice the domestic violence has gone to extent where the mother landed up with the severe head injuries and had to be treated at the hospital.
The lady came to the Centre and narrated the incident and was encouraged to lodge a police complaint, but the husband apologized and the family was shifted to night shelter from below the flyover. Though, in few days the husband brought the family back to the same place. He makes the children beg so that he can indulge in vices. He disrupts their education, beats and starves them and there are days when children canít go to school and roam places. Aasmin, who is 14 years now doesnít want beg anymore. She attends regular school, comes to Centre for her meals & supplementary education. Her mother works as laborer and wants her kids to be educated well so that they donít have to go through the same ordeal as herself.

Shakir

Aruna

Shakir is associated with the centre since childhood. He was admitted to school where he played truant after few days. He was into stealing and addictions, gutka & whitener inhalation. The stealing habit was so compelling that boy would steal even the nuts & bolts under the flyover. Since dawn to dusk he would steal iron from Metro Side Railings and what not. He would associate with Centre and again when the whim would take over, he would leave. For couple of months, he has been counseled to attend the candle making sessions and so far he is stable attending the 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. classes.
He seems to be showing improvement for the past couple of months and is off drugs. Neither is he chewing gutka (tobacco) as he is spending maximum time at the centre.

Tasleem

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Tasleem has been associated with Spread a Smile India since 2005 and habitats below Ber Sarai flyover. His mother works as a laborer. He has a younger sibling Azeem with whom he used to beg under the flyover. He used to come to study to Public Park where our teachers used to hold open classes. These were the kids who wanted not study and had to undergo stringent counseling to make up their mind. The counselors impressed upon them the significance of education, and finally after a lot of effort Tasleem and his bunch of other five other friends were admitted to school where they are showing a lot of improvement. His brother has quit stealing and now they pick waste only after school hours. Today, Tasleem is in 8th Standard. In between he had quit schooling but with constant counseling, he resumed regular studies.
Unfortunately, his father passed away and in order to support his mother Tasleem had to take up a job and give up the mainstream schooling in order to pay off his sisterís marriage debt. Today, he is the earning member of the family and the Spread a Smile India Charitable Trust has enrolled him for Matriculation from National Open School.

Mithun

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Mithun strolls around in the graveyard of Munirka.He has completed five years of association with Centre. This child was partially disabled due to bone deformity and infection in his other feet.
Both he and his sister Kirti used to come for studying in the Centre. Further, speaking with Mithun on his disability, it came to light that he was being treated at Safdarjung & Charak Palika, Hospital. Despite some surgical procedure, the ailment could not get resolved. Ms Sangita sent for all his medical papers and got him treated at Sir Gangaram Hospital where the doctors twice operated his feet & decided to amputate one due to gangrene. It did cost the Centre nearly 2.5 lacs. Today, Mithun is leading a normal life.

Ramjani

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Ramjani has been associated with the Centre since 2005. He is the son of a widowed mother and has two more siblings Rizwan, student class VI and Sahana, studying in class v. He is now in class 8.
He used to beg and handover his earnings to his mother who never wanted him to join mainstream. We discovered Ramjaniís interest in studies while we used to coach open classes in Ber Sarai Park. We spoke to him. He had mental block and phobia of rejection from the mainstream. After a many sessions of counseling he gave in. His mother was adamant to take him off streets. The Centre Team spent relentless hours for couple of days to make her see the point. Ramjani was admitted to Ber Sarai MSMG School. The trouble was yet not over when the Principal expressed unsurety about the studies part and had an impression that this gutka chewing boy was going to be not so a fair impression on other children.
Thus, Ramjani was dispatched by his mother to Nabi Kareem Market, New Delhi to work in a bag manufacturing company. He was barely 9 years old and due to banned child labour, he was to work secretly confined to one room utility working long and tiring hours. He somehow picked drugs and started doing cannabis, and took to smoking.Work conditions started showing on him and he developed skin rashes for which he returned to Ber Sarai. Somehow he managed to come to Centre and narrated his ordeal to Ms Sangita. As his mother used to come home only after 8:00 p.m. the Centre Teacher had to counsel the lady off hours. She relented but only on the condition that Ms Sangita would require take full responsibility for this initiative which of course was the fact.
In between the course of events, Ramjani fractured his leg and was in such miserable state that there was a possibility of having to get his feet amputated. The boy is still a problematic child active into drugs and abusing his mother and under constant counseling at Centre.

Sabila

Aruna

Sabila is a story that goes back to 2007. She reached Delhi from Madhubani Bihar and started living under Ber Sarai Flyover. She has been coming to Centre to study since her prime years. At the age of 16, she was married off to a boy her mother chose for her. She developed some stomache ailment and was treated at Delhiís Safdarjung Hospital. Coming next four years, the ailment just got worst and she lost weight and appetite. The Centre intervened and got her treated at Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi. Now, she is leading a normal life.

Kali

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Kali is a regular at Ber Sarai Flyover selling flowers, toys, window screens and most of the time she begs. She belongs to Rajasthan, Bhilwara and used to stay at Main Red Light Signal with her parents. We observed she was fond of studying and was really good at sketching. But her parents never wanted her to be educated. So, we engaged her mother, making her part of our open teaching programme. In some coming of time, her mother learnt writing her own name thus followed by her sister too attending the classes. To shift Kali to mainstream education, we counseled her first and got her admission to Tamanna School. But, she could not keep her attendance regular as parents felt pinch on income.
And, one fine day Kali got hurt in an accident on the Signal while at work and was admitted to Trauma Centre Hospital. Her condition was serious by the time Centre was informed. She had a ruptured urinary tract, hurt private parts and a broken spine. She needed blood and an immediate surgery was required. 10-15 relatives who were summoned were all stoned and time was ticking away. Finally, Ms Sangita and her distant relative gave her blood and she could undergo surgery. Later she was shifted to a private room in the hospital but she strongly opposed to be staying away in any other room. The Centre arranged a make shift bed, and beddings under the flyover where she convulsed. Today, she is absolutely fine and back in Bhilwara where his mother took her away to look after the old grandparents.

Salim

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Salim is now ten and has been with the Centre since his young age. Her widowed mother is a sex-worker and is never much around. With lot of effort, we got him admitted to Sector 3 RK Puram School. He has two brothers and a sister and at present, he studies at Arya Samaj School.
Four years from now he was locked up in CWC alongwith one of his friend, Nizam.He still begs and stays with his step sister in law. He has to fend for himself probably thus no option for now with him as right now he is dependent on his sister-in-lawís good offices. While he was jailed, his father developed anxiety about his well-being and release from the prisons. Ms Sangita appeared before the Judiciary and informed them of his enrolment in the mainstream school and that he is subject to Spread a Smile India. On these bases, Salim was granted bail and his welfare, schooling clothing, provision for meals are now totally the Centreís responsibility.

Aslam

Aruna

Aslam's smile and sweet grin makes our belief in life strong as to how the adversities can never take away what is supposed to be there within us. He has been with the Centre since he was a baby himself, cradling a baby brother in his little arms.
The thought of him going to school was enough to give creeps to his parents who would not let him spared of the responsibility of looking after the sibling. He has been coming to the Centre now for almost years cradling the baby brother and attending afternoon classes at centre. His spirit and enthusiasm inspires.