From rag – picking To computer Enginerring

From rag – picking To computer Enginerring

The Shelter Don Bosco, at Wadala in Mumbai, is a Home for runaways and missing children. The Shelter has been instrumental in transforming the lives of many a youngster. Arjun Pratap Singh is one of them. Arjun, presently 20, is in the first year of Engineering. He hopes to become a Computer Engineer one day.
Arjun comes from an economically stable joint family in Rourkela in Orissa. His parents got separated when he was very young. He stayed with his mother, maternal grandmother and three maternal uncles and their families. The family started ill-treating him and finally put him to work in a hotel. Within two days, the hotel owner too sent him away as he was not satisfied with his work. He did not know what to do or where to go. He only knew he didn’t want to go back home. He went to the Railway Station where he was befriended by a group of boys like him. After some days, the group took him to Delhi. Being in a group was fun. From there he went to Mumbai. When they reached the city, the first temptation was to go sight-seeing. In the process, Arjun’s friends left him and went away. In his attempts to survive in the city of Mumbai, he found some more friends. They taught him different tricks to carry on.
Around that time, a social worker took him to a Centre on Santhurst Road. Here he participated in the children’s mela organized by Shelter Don Bosco, a centre for children at risk at Wadala, Mumbai. He left this place too as he preferred the freedom of the streets to the more ordered regimen at the centre. This time too it was peer influence that had brought him out into the street.
Soon, with some of his friends, he went back to Delhi where he worked as a rag-picker. As he was not found very efficient at this work, he was asked to move away. Then he was for a while with a family that made flower garlands to earn a living.
He was brought back to the Shelter in Mumbai by one of his street friends. After this he went to Jamshedpur where he worked in a hotel for a while but soon came back to Mumbai where he started washing cars to earn a living.
One day in 1998 he was seen by a Don Bosco CHILDLINE staff. The boy was brought to Shelter Don Bosco again. From that time, he settled down in the institution. Attempts were made to re-start his education. He began with non-formal education. Now Arjun also wanted to get in touch with his family. He wrote several letters but there was no response from home. Don Bosco accompanied him in these efforts. In 2003 Don Bosco was able to trace the boy’s family and showed them some of Arjun’s photos. The family was unable to recognize the child. This was disappointing for little Arjun. He would often be seen upset. He was helped to overcome his depression through counselling. Soon he was transformed into a different child.
Arjun proved he was a quick learner. Within no time, he picked up enough to be sent back to school. Seeing this, Shelter Don Bosco got him admitted to Sitaram Prakash Hindi Medium High School. This was a further source of motivation for him and he started doing well in extra-curricular activities too. This was the place where he completed his higher secondary. He passed the SSE examination with 74%, creating a record for the Shelter too! After knowing his potential, Shelter Don Bosco offered to take care of his higher studies. He was sent to Don Bosco Ahmednagar for his intermediate studies which he finished with 62.33 % in the Science stream. Thereafter, he entered Don Bosco Institute of Technology at Kurla, Mumbai, where he is currently doing the first year of Engineering.
Shelter Don Bosco is proud of Arjun Pratap Singh, one of the few boys who could go as far as Engineering.
Arjun pratap singh Shelter don bosco, mumbai

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