Dayspring Home provides refuge to children either orphaned due to death of family members caused by HIV/AIDS, or infected and thus rejected from their family. Children living below the poverty line are particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and/or TB infection and are often abandoned when they or their parents are ill.
Blossom has rescued a number of deserted children found wandering the streets alone and Dayspring Home is often the only one caring for their welfare. By reintegrating these children back into society, we are building a better future free from prejudice and discrimination.
TO help them build a better future, we were planning to launch a computer class for the children. Unfortunately, the old computer at Dayspring crashed down few months ago and the household budget is too limited to replace it.
In rural India, computer operating skills even something as basic as a knowledge of Microsoft Office and familiarity with internet research, can change their job prospects immensely. From tilling the soil as a farmer under the scorching sun twelve hours a day with minimal pay, they can work in an office, doing work they will allow them to have a different life. Help them start typing, instead of tilling.
These children have the possibility to be tomorrow's leaders but they need help to reach their dreams. Dayspring children are cautious to talk about their dreams. They will start the sentence “My dream is to…” but stop midway, and say instead, “Oh, it’s not going to happen.” As bright as their smiles are, it fades momentarily when they think about the limitations of their future.
For Makesh, the end of the sentence is “become a computer engineer.” He is a 16 years old boy. Smart, hardworking and motivated, he made a perfect 100 score in Science this semester.
For Vala, the end of the sentence is “become a police man” - and a “a good one, not the corrupt bad ones” to quote. When one of the volunteers cut her finger on the rusty door knob, Vala came to bandage her. Later she said, “At just fifteen, his empathy for others flows out of his thin frame. He will be the kind of policeman I would go to for help.”
For William, the end of the sentence is “become a civil engineer.” Tall and lanky, he travels two hours in the morning to carry stock items from the town to the orphanage, everyday - and he doesn’t miss a day. He will graduate high school coming April, and will have to leave Dayspring.
These three boys are not the only ones for who will benefit from computer classes. When they grow up, all 28 children will have to look to work. Most of them find small opportunities in markets or farms. Computers knowledge would allow them to attend rewarding jobs in offices or administration.
Enabling the presence of a computer will help them confidently finish their answers to, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”