Since last two years it has become a tradition ( i think two years qualify for a tradition in this fast paced world) that as soon as the hostel children leave for home on holidays the children from the Achchaliya hamlet of our village take over the campus.
They had been eying the huts for a long time, while passing this way, going to their fields or grazing cattle. Yesterday the school children left and today the Achchaliya kids came and promptly asked if they could also make huts. Yes of course, you can !!
Immediately they started repairing, making new rooms - walls and roofs and floor. They got a place to live of their own. They will happily water the tomato plot, trees, draw, learn a few English sentences. We couldn't take them beyond this last time. Lets see what all they do now.
One thing is that they are going to have a haircut. This costs 15 rupees in Chatli whereas they can learn to do it themselves here for free, here. Maybe we will take a nominal cost to get new scissors.
No they don't go to school but they come to Adharshila in the holidays. Once we named this place -Pooriyaan Jaaga, meaning children' s space. It is now.