30 October, 2020

At Saathi, They Take Care Of Society's Driftwood And Harness It

At Saathi, They Take Care Of Society's Driftwood And Harness It
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"We are all in the gutter,
but a few of us are looking at the stars."

-Oscar Wilde

Life on Mumbai's streets is mean and tough, like in a gutter. And this one, with the largest floating population of runaway youth, often loses its twinkling stars of hope in the fog of survival pressures.

But Altaf Shaikh, wife Roshni Nair and friend Mansoor Qadri, a young threesome, is helping a few street boys clear this fog. Shaikh and Qadri realised that while it was easy to find patrons who were willing to help street-children, nobody was prepared to lend a hand to the youth. It's bitter irony, because this driftwood of humanity needs to be channelised if society is to protect itself from crime. Observes Shaikh: "We realised there were enormous funds flowing in for...

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