An Udayan Ghar (Sunshine Home) Child
I am Salma. I would look out the window of my home at the school across the street…wanting to be there. My mother didn’t think school was important. I would sneak out of my home and attend school sometimes….I just wanted to learn.
When my mother passed away, my elder brother and sister refused to take care of me. At the age of 5, I was sent to a children’s shelter, but after seven years I really wanted to learn English, which the shelter was not able to provide. Udayan Care was…
I did not know how to write my name in English. I was put into a private school, the Bloom School, as an 8th grader. I worked very hard to catch up with the class, and I succeeded with the help of my mentor Mothers, Anita Didi, and Deepika Didi. My confidence soared and by 11th grade I was studying complex subjects such as Psychology.
My first dream came true and now I have a bigger dream – to become a social entrepreneur. I am getting my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. If I do well, I may pursue my Master’s. I also study dance as I believe dance therapy can be a healing tool for children like me. I work as a dance teacher in a pre-school and volunteer at the Udayan Home I grew up in.
Though I am living on my own now, Udayan Care is still there, like a family, helping me to achieve more in life and paying for my further education.