“Come, girls. It’s time to walk to the train station,” called out their mom. This was normal morning conversation for the family. Were they going somewhere on the train? No—they were headed for the station platform where their father would play the flute and they would beg for food and money.
The girls’ father was blind. He could not hold a job to earn enough to provide for their family. Their mother had to be his guide wherever he went. The mother hadn’t gone to school and couldn’t read or write. She could find no jobs that offered decent pay. So, the girls went along to beg as well.
Such a depressing life! Knowing that people pity you or despise you because you beg is certainly not a pleasant way to live day in and day out. And what kind of life was this for two small girls?
Of course, the girls weren’t attending school because of this lifestyle. Nourishing food rarely made it to their plates, as they had to eat whatever small amounts of rice or flour that people gave them.
The parents knew something needed to be done. The mother heard of a place that gave needy children a home, proper food and provided an education for them, too: Mukti Mission. She brought the girls for admission.
Rangu* and Anjalee* are now a part of a Flower Family at the Mission. Rangu studies in the Mission’s Marathi School. She bubbles with personality and seems to enjoy life. Her little sister, Anjalee, still struggles to adjust. She misses her parents. Poverty tears families apart and makes life very, very hard.