Early this morning two of our JSK staff went with a boy and his mother to school.
It was exam time, but Ramu (name changed) has not been to school for 3 weeks. Ever since his father died 3 months ago the boy's life has been torn apart. A 13 year old - he started 'working' - helping out a local mechanic - with the promise of Rs. 10 per day.
Late last week our staff visited the family on one of the regular visits with Ramu's HIV positive mother.
She told them about how she had tried to get him to go back to school - but Ramu would not listen - 'just like his father' said Ramu's mother and disolved into tears.
The boy then came in and our staff talked with him and his mother.
He agreed to go back to school - but was afraid that he would be scolded and beaten. Our staff told him that they would come with him and talk to the teachers.
And so at 6.30 AM the little group came to the school. Exams were on. The staff met with the teachers. Ramu was allowed to start school again. He sat down and was allowed to take the test with the other children.
A small step for a small boy.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
- Proverbs 31.8 (NIV)