Reaching High!

Yet again, students of Deepalaya have made our organization proud by reaching new heights and achieving new successes. As Ajeet Kumar Mahato and Jacky Bharti walk into the Deepalaya Corporate Office, we look upon them in pride and admiration as the first two students of Deepalaya School, Gusbethi, who completed their education till the 12th Standard. Both have had touching starts to their schooling career, and had fascinating stories to tell of their lives so far. “I ran away from home at the age of 9,” says Jacky, 20. “There were lots of problems at home and I couldn’t take it anymore.” Jacky was found at a railway station in Delhi by Mr Ram Singh, one of Deepalaya’s staff. Mr Singh interacted with Jacky and other children living at the station, and taught them art and reading, developing a close rapport with the young children. He was able to convince Jacky and others to join the Deepalaya School in Gusbethi. Jacky, however, persuaded by a few other children, ran away again after six months. Mr Ram Singh found these kids again at the railway station, and this time Jacky vowed to never think about running away again. He gets teary-eyed as he remembers the good times he had at Gusbethi. “My friends, they were the best” he says. He returned home after eight years, to parents who were overjoyed and proud at his return. Ajeet, also age 20, had a similar story. He’d run away from home at the age of 10, although he doesn’t remember why, now. Ajeet’s home was in West Bengal, and he survived alone at such a young age at the railway station, where he was found by Mr G Malik. Mr Malik was the warden at Deepalaya Gram, the hostel in Gusbethi. It rained heavily the day he came to Gusbethi, Ajeet remembers, as if it were a grand welcoming to a new life. Ajeet studied at the Mewat Model School till his tenth class, after which, due to his passion for computers, he did a course in computer hardware networking from Lukhnow for six months. “When I went back home to Bengal, it had been ten years since I left,” Ajeet tells. “My parents’ eyes filled with tears when they saw me, they were so happy.” Schooling had made them both motivated to pursue further education, so while they both worked at the Indian Heights School, Dwarka, Ajeet as the IT assistant and Jacky as the office boy, they filled in the forms for National Institute of Open Schooling and studied from home for their 12th exams. With their hard work and dedication, they both managed to pass their 12th Board exams in the arts stream, forever making a name for themselves in Deepalaya’s history. Ajeet wants to continue working with computers, and is looking forward to applying for a BCA course, whereas Jacky wants to be a sports teacher, although his heart still wants to return to the happy days of school in Deepalaya. Deepalaya wishes the both of them all the luck in the world, and will continue to support them in any endeavor they want. It’s been a long journey for them, with much struggle mixed with countless pearls of happiness, and although the journey is not over, they now seem ready to tackle the world with confidence.

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