#BehindEveryFace – “I Have Never Been To School & Neither Have My 5 Siblings!” Says Arshad – Railway Children India

#BehindEveryFace – “I Have Never Been To School & Neither Have My 5 Siblings!” Says Arshad

“I have never been to school, because I don’t have the necessary documents to get in. My mother passed away 6 months ago and my father has to look after my three sisters, two brother and myself,” said 10 year old Arshad, who had strayed away from home with his cousin Sahil.

Two cousins, Arshad, 10 and Sahil, 6 were found alone outside the ticket counter at the Ghaziabad railway station. They had accidentally strayed away from home and come this far that they were unable to find their way back home.

Being spotted by our team, they both looks confused and frightened. We first took them to the Child Help Booth at the railway station and offered them food and water. Initially, they were hesitant and frightened to speak, but after comforting them, they opened up about their predicament.

Sahil’s father is a vendor who runs a motor-powered cart and that morning when he set left home, the duo started running after his cart. Playfully they kept following the speeding cart, not realising where they had finally reached. But both of them were eager to go back home. Fortunately, when they started sharing their whereabouts, it was discovered that they were from Ghaziabad itself. We immediately reached out to the family and within a few hours, Arshad’s father arrived at the Child Help Booth.

While interacting with our team his father shared about his distress ever since he lost his wife 6 months ago. As a daily wage worker, with 2 boys and 3 girls, he was unable to manage, despite living in a joint family with brothers.

Arshad and Sahil were handed over to their respective families, after following the due process with the Government Railway Police. However, since the children were vulnerable, our team visited their home and took on a regular follow up. It was brought to the teams notice that Arshad was the oldest of 5 children, and the responsibility of raising them and earning a living was taking a toll on his father, as the youngest child was only 2 years old.

On further conversation, Arshad’s father mentioned that Arshad had never been to school because none of his children had the necessary documents to enrol in school. But, we assured him that we would work towards ensuring that Arshad and all his children get admission at school immediately.

Arshad is one of the million childhood faces in India. Railway Children India’s initiative – #BehindEveryFace, is an attempt to uncover and discover the story behind every child’s face, that is waiting to be told. By shaping the loftier narrative of childhoods in India and giving a space to everyone to share their stories of younger days, we aim to build a collection of children’s stories, that are a testament to their lives.

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1542855328409{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Rescued from child labour as trafficker is caught [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_18027" align="alignleft" width="636"] Group of boys together smiling[/caption] RCI outreach workers were suspicious when they saw four boys huddled together and looking confused at Darbhanga...

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1542855328409{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] “We thought we would never see our son again” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Arun was just 14 years old when he got lost while he was playing outside his home in Udaipur, Rajasthan. In his confusion he...

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1542855328409{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Reunited with his family after leaving mother [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]16-year-old Raqib was found by our outreach team at Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway Station in a desolate state. He looked visibly nervous and unhappy and at...

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1542855328409{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Forced to work in terrible conditions [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]When outreach workers saw four 16-year-old boys at Villupuram Railway Station in Tamil Nadu they knew something was wrong. The children looked frightened and when the team...

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1542855328409{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Getting Vital Mental Health Support for Raji [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]17-year-old Raji was spotted by an official from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) wandering around the platform at Arakonnam railway station. She was clearly upset, anxious...

Donation Refund Policy FORM NO. MGT-7 Terms & Conditions Security & Privacy Data Protection Policy Registration Certificate

Railway Children India is a Non-Profit organisation, registered under section 8 of The Companies Act, 2013 with registration number U85100DL2013NPL260371.