Children Speak of their Metamorphosis

1. Vaibhav Khairnar

Vaibhav Khairnar was around 5 when his family suffered financial problems. He was left abandoned on Thane Railway station. He was found by Aasara volunteers and grew up in the shelter home of Aasara. Aasara provided him with food, clothing, shelter and education which are the basic necessities for any child. What sets him apart from others was his interest in dance. This was soon recognized and he got scholarship to learn dance from Shiamak Davar. He has also completed course in acting from “Anupam Kher’s actor prepares, The School for Actors”. He is currently working in TCS and pursuing part-time MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management Development.

2. Pinky Kamble

Pinky was 7 years old when she was found by Aasara volunteers at Kurla Railway station. Her quench for learning was identified by Aasara employees and soon she was moved to Aasara’s shelter home for girls. She has successfully completed S.S.C with 73%, H.S.C with 60%.
She has also completed 2 year course in ITI. She is currently pursuing B.A. and wishes to pursue her Masters in Social Work. Currently, she is doing a commendable job as a teacher for children at Aasara’s Thane Day care centre. She is good at singing and making rangolis.

3. Shankar Khairnar

22 year old Shankar Kalu Khairnar escaped clutches of domestic violence at the hands of his alcoholic father at the tender age of five from his hometown in Nashik. He started off as a boot polish boy at Thane station where he was spotted by BBC employees while they were making a documentary on Bombay Railways and was sent to Aasara. The documentary features Shankar and his life on the platform. Today he is working as a sales boy with Cartridge world. He is also working part time as driving coach.

4. Aruna Kanojia

The 17 year old Aruna is doing her three year ITI course from Thane. She hopes to get a good job and earn well after her graduation. She started off as a rag picker with her siblings after her parent’s demise. After coming to Aasara, she has developed multiple skills and feels very positive and confident about life today. She has learnt dancing, singing, arts & crafts apart from academics. These skills she never thought she could develop.

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