They are working hard to sustain their families besides their tender age of learning. Some of them are children from beggar’s families, some are HIV positives and some of them have to visit to Visapur and Yerwada prisons every month where their fathers were detained for the crimes. They all were presenting their real life through the self written and directed dramas and songs. This has moved many guests who were present today at the Annual Gathering of Balbhvan, the activity committed to changing the destinies of the slum children of Ahmednagar.
More than 1000 children from various slums were present at the full day gathering held at Snehalaya ground. More than 370 children have presented their own creations including mimicry, poems, songs, individual and group dances. The best students were identified from each slum on the basis of their participation in Balbhavan, regularity in school, reading habit and participation in all extra curricular activities. Tayyab Vikar Sayyad from Mukundnagar, Sagar Bhosale from Borkarnagar, Ms. Kanchan Nade from Bharskarnagar, Sainath Ambadas Atak from Sanjaynagar were honoured by ‘Desh ki Aasha’ award. Mukundnagar Balbhavan where all inmates are from Muslim community has received the ‘Best Balbhavan Award’ for year 2006-2007.
The industrialist and social worker Mr. Sanjay Gugale, Pravin Bora, Pradip Muley, Mr. Nilesh Shaha and Mr. Rajiv Gujar from Rotary Club, Manohar Gabra from Lions India Club, Mr. Hiralal Surana from Mahavirnagar Jain Shravak Sangha and other well-wishers were present at the full day gathering. Dr. S.K. Halabe a veteran social worker of 84 yrs. Who spends minimum 8 hrs a day in the slums for Balbhavan activities voluntarily, addressed on the occasion. “India will have largest slums and 25 % urban slum population in the world till the year 2015. Hence Balbhavan will show the way to solve the problems of slum dwellers and due to growing slum population,” Dr. Halabe said. Hanif Shaikh offered a vote of thanks.
The Share and Care Foundation from U.S.A. and Stiching Geron from the Netherlands have extended their generous support to Snehalaya for various developmental activities in slums through Mission Balbhavan.