As the Beatles so rightly once said, love really is all you need.
Manali was born in the month of November, 2005 and is currently studying in the 3rd standard. She lived with her two brothers and parents in a rented accommodation located in Bhandup.
Her mother worked as a domestic help while her father struggled with alcohol and
was unemployed. The result of this, was her parents constantly had fights and her father used to beat up her mother over money issues.
To make sure he got money to continue his habit, Manali’s father used to send her out to beg on the streets while her mother was away.
One day, while she was begging on the streets her uncle saw her, took her home and found out all that was happening. He went and told her mother, and when she found out, she left her husband.
Manali’s father then took his two sons and left for his village, but Manali stayed back with her mum.
Manali’s mother would leave every morning for work and return only by late evening. One of her acquaintances saw this lifestyle and spoke to her regarding admitting Manali into a home. Her mother soon agreed, and applied to the court for her admission, leading to Manali being admitted in 2011 to Bal Kalyan Nagri in Mankhurd, a suburb of Mumbai.
Sahaara met with Manali here at this home.
Initially she was a very reserved child and refused to mingle with other children. She did not speak to anyone and was fearful of adults.
Since she had not been schooled at all, she did not know to read or write and she would have absolutely no recollection of what was taught to her the previous day.
The Sahaara staff put in a lot of effort to engage with her and help her learning process. They used various methods like personal attention, flashcards, games, activities, counseling as well as giving her responsibilities in class to distribute and later on gather, books and pencils.
Her fear in interacting with adults stemmed from the fact that her father used to beat her and force her to go begging. But those days are long gone! She now interacts with the staff and mingles with other children too! She has learnt to read and write and copes very well these days.
A little bit of love and personal attention and she is a transformed girl!
She enjoys dancing and wants to grow up to be a doctor.