Badlav gave me new hope: Diwakar Singh
Diwakar Singh hails from Baliya, Uttar Pradesh and is a Political Science graduate. Despite being adequately educated, tragic circumstances forced him to beg outside a temple to fulfill his basic needs. Initially, he used to work as a labor contractor and earned decently. He was leading a happy life with his family before life took a bad turn. “My wife and I were extremely happy to be blessed with a baby girl but we soon came to know that our child was diagnosed with a hole in her lung membrane and the only cure was transplantation. I had to put my lifetime’s savings into her surgery. In a few days post the surgery, my daughter was completely fine. Although I lost my all wealth, we were relieved that we were able to save our child. I wanted to start my work again but didn’t have money left. Thus I decided to work as a laborer to earn a living. Due to stress and influence of bad company, I got into the bad habit of consuming intoxicants. Moreover, the situation turned worse after the demonetization in November. I did not manage to find work due to the crisis. I went hungry for several days. Forced to fill my stomach, I went to the Hanaman Setu Mandir & managed to get some food. Thus, I got into the vicious habit of begging and asking for food and money. This made me live a miserable life, feeling disrespected. I had nothing to take care of my wife and daughter. Meanwhile, I met Sharad Patel who started the Bhikshavratti Mukti Abhiyan program for the beggar community. I was encouraged and soon joined his campaign.” “Today I am again up on my own feet. I am now working as a teacher at Badlav Paathshala, where the children of beggars and underprivileged sections of society are given lessons. Sharad is doing a tremendous job to help these children to build a bright future. I earn about Rs. 3000 a month, but life is getting back on track for me and my family,” says Diwakar.