Faces of Freedom
Together they suffered: Yasmin and Kaif
Saved from what could have been a prolonged period of mental exploitation, the children were found and rehabilitated about a month after they had begun working. After rehabilitating them from the loom, GoodWeave team repeatedly counselled the family and offered to sponsor the education of both the children. The only problem that still shadows both the staff and the children is the learning lag Yasmin and Kaif have with other children. While Yasmin could only get enrolled in 3rd grade, Kaif now attends Upper Kindergarten. Sharp as they now look in their vivid uniforms, there’s still some level of frustration that they’re both battling with. “My classmates are only as big as him”, expressed Yasmin pointing at Kaif. As the staff gears up to provide focussed, bridge classes to them for the next 6 months, there’s hope that they’ll soon be attending age-appropriate classes.
A recent visit to their school painted a more gratifying picture, for the children have now adjusted to a relatively normal childhood. Hurting wrists and long working hours have now been replaced by pending homeworks, short recesses, and insipid canteen food. Also, Kaif’s pride at having 5 best friends and Yasmin’s disappointment at having none is superseded by the fact that the siblings have stuck together; and together they now move towards a better future.
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