The 15 year old boy named after the endless ethereal sky could never have guessed the amount of potential held within him. He, whose mere name asserted diverse possibilities, had embarked on a journey of dishonesty at an early age after the death of his father.
Akash’s mother, now the sole bread winner of the family, could give little attention to her wandering son who eventually lost interest in studies and started dropping out of the school. It was then that the team of Shubhakshika spotted him loitering in one of the narrow streets of Shahbad Dairy (Rohini, Delhi).
“Nothing interests me” he told them short and clear. But Shubhakshika members were undaunted by the nonchalant boy. Somehow, they convinced him to visit the shelter home. And then began the rehabilitation of the boy.
Initially his irregularity was a topic of great concern amongst the members of the NGO but proper counselling and positive environment of the place succeeded in holding him back. He was enrolled in the sixth standard.
Akash took special interest in English and participated in activities like story-telling and writing. He was awarded twice in two consecutive years with a certificate for dance and rangoli making by the Bhumi for the Nakshatra event.
But, Akash was still unwilling to attend formal school. It was difficult for the team members to convince him that a school was a very happy experience. He felt unsure because he was accustomed to seeing bullies there. It was difficult to persuade him but as soon as he cleared his 8th standard with good grades, he agreed to join a school. He is, now, enrolled in a formal school as a student of the IX standard.
Akash looks confident and happy in his school uniform. He cherishes it more than anybody else in his class. And trust me, the unique boy has his own style of conveying his gratitude to the staff of Shubhakshika Open Shelter Home. He wrote them a letter...