Journey of Harshit in the words of Dr Kiran
Harshit and Harsh are twins, sons of a poor family living in Chanderpuri slum colony. Their father came to the city out of desperation when the children were about 4 years of age. Some relatives gave them a tiny space on the floor of their slum hut for the entire family to sleep on, while the father tried to find a job to feed the family. Times were hard; Harshit says the relatives always reminded him that they were a huge burden and that they should move out quickly. The children watched the relatives eat, while waiting for their father to bring home some food. One day Harshit broke something by mistake, and he and his brother and mother were abused, thrown out of the house, and spent all day in the hot sun outside by the dirty drain, waiting for their father to come home.
Slowly Harshit was enrolled in a government-run school along with his brother. The education was free, but books and uniforms had to be paid for. Harshit says: I never bought a new book in my life, I never bought a new uniform in my life, never ever had a toy to play with, growing up. I wanted to study, so would somehow arrange second hand used books, or old outdated books. My relatives would scoff at me and say I could never become anything in life.
The turning point in Harshit‘s life came when he walked into the Asha Centre through having met Sweeta and Anita of Asha. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he realized there was a quiet place for him to study. And there were loving, warm members of the Asha family who supported him in so many ways, always reminding him of his potential, and encouraging him never to give up.
And guess what! Through his hard work and his journey with Asha, he was able to find a place in one of the toughest and most competitive programs at Delhi University, a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering! He did extremely well, is about to graduate, and the best news ever is that he has been placed at a renowned Indian company called Wipro through campus interviews even before he has graduated!
Harshit is also a wonderful Asha Ambassador, having transformed the lives of many students in and around Chanderpuri. He has a special relationship with Suman who sees him as her older brother and mentor. He personally helped her with her university applications and educational journey, and she is now in her second year of a BA.
Harshit would like to do his Masters in Electronic Engineering, and I am committed to helping him achieve his goals. Here are some more pictures of him inside and outside his own home in Chanderpuri.