ANJU PANDAY, MEERUT

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CAT­E­GORY: SO­CIAL WORK

In the slums of ru­ral ar­eas, so­cio eco­nomic des­per­ate­ness makes the peo­ple easy vic­tims of anti so­cial al­i­ments and of­ten makes them com­mit heinous crimes. Fo­cus­ing on this, I made the point to ed­u­cate and mo­ti­vate the chil­dren of slums in ru­ral ar­eas as they are more un­der priv­i­leged than the chil­dren of the ur­ban ar­eas. It has be­come my per­me­ant task and I want to achieve my goal of send­ing each and ev­ery child of the slum to school. It was very dif­fi­cult to mo­ti­vate the chil­dren since their par­ents were against it. There­fore, I started with coun­selling their moth­ers and other fe­males, first. I got many of them to give up their bad habits like chew­ing tobacco, drink­ing and hav­ing in­tox­i­cants, drugs, and in­dulging in other harm­ful things. Af­ter that I con­ducted day to day classes, mon­i­tor­ing in their own hut­ments and vicin­ity. I am proud to be­come one of the change mak­ers who has been suc­cess­ful in mak­ing the lives of thou­sands of stu­dents and their moth­ers, bet­ter. I have helped them to get free of their ad­dic­tion and be­come re­spon­si­ble and praise­wor­thy cit­i­zens. Ed­u­ca­tion has brought about a mas­sive trans­for­ma­tion in them. They of­ten quar­reled with each other un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs but with proper guid­ance, they have un­der­stood the dis­ad­van­tages of it. We are happy to see that the peo­ple [slum] are mak­ing others aware of clean­li­ness with us and con­vinc­ing them to leave tobacco. The at­mos­phere of peace and love is be­ing cre­ated in the house. Our work is ap­pre­ci­ated by all, from the vil­lage head to the govern­ment of­fi­cials.

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