The Struggle….

Honge kaamyaab, honge kaamyaab Hum honge kaamyaab ek din Ho ho mann main hai vishwas Poora hai vishwas Hum honge kaamyaab ek din…. ‘Free India’ was a dream of all Indians under the British rule. Looking back to the 62 years, we can say today that we have come really far and to the age of development. So does that mean we have 100 percent literacy in our country now? Or is our country developed enough to be called a golden bird again? Unfortunately, the answer to these is still ‘NO’. We are still far flung from this dream.  Day before the Christmas eve, when different eminent Schools in Delhi were preparing for their Christmas celebrations, the Principal of Deepalaya School Gole Kuan, Ms. Poonam ThakurMs. Poonam Thakur was fighting her way out to provide her students with a Park to celebrate the School’s Sports Day. The School is situated amongst a cluster of slums with a match box size compartments, yet it no where compromises on the quality of education. It was a sight to remember where she stood as a shield for her students and their rights of the basic childhood against the in charge/competent authority of the nearby Park. After going through various hardships and struggling nearly for two hours with the bureaucratic system, the Principal succeeded in her mission and got the desired venue for the celebration. The students with smiling faces along with their teachers celebrated the Sports Day with great enthusiasm and strength. The celebration started with the Bindi Race and Balloon Race with tiny-tots of UKG and LKG followed by Frog race and Sack race by the senior students. Every student was thrilled by the activities. The cheer-leaders from the houses motivated the participants to give their best shot. The children had an audience for the day too- the people living in the community.
Ms. Arora with children.Totally enthralled by the children’s level of excitement, Ms. Rajni Arora, one of the teachers at DSGK said, “The children are enjoying to the fullest today and sports help children in their overall development”. Agreeing to her, Ms. Poonam Thakur said “Sports Day is special for these children as they don’t have a playground or any PT classes. This day helps them build their team spirit too”. The day ended with a prize distribution ceremony and by giving refreshment to the students. Inspite of lacking a good infrastructure, this Deepalaya School is the strongest in the quality of education and the value it gives to its children. Like Diane Westlake says, “Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” Children participating in sackrace.In fact, sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets. As the New Year unfolds, we at Deepalaya pledge to continue the fight for the underprivileged children and we believe Hum Honge Kamyab Ek Din…Send Feedback at- pooja@deepalaya.org By- Pooja Sikka, Officer Media Coordinator and Content Development

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