01 November, 2020

From the cold comfort of railway platforms to a sense of home

From the cold comfort of railway platforms to a sense of home

For as long as he can remember, Parvesh, 7, has been spending his days sweeping the floors of railway compartments. Every morning, armed with a small broom, he boards long-distance trains at the Bhopal railway station and collects whatever he can from the passengers as alms. His daily earnings rarely exceed Rs 30 and every single rupee is normally spent by the time he calls it a day.

There is, however, now a silver lining to his otherwise drab existence. Parvesh doesn’t need to spend his nights on the platform or plead in front of bullying cops any longer. Thanks to Nitya Sewa, a voluntary organisation, he now has a home—a place where he’s assured of a decent meal and a comfortable bed to spend the night after the back-breaking day. Also, there’s now a sense of security and identity which he’s always missed.

Nitya Sewa has been running a night-shelter for street-children at Bhopal for the last three years. Around 50 children, who spend their days doing odd jobs, now look forward to the evening meals and the bunk-beds at Chandbad near the...



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