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Innocence personified: Sybil Meshramkar surrounded by children at the Navajeevan Children’s Home in Bidar.
Innocence personified: Sybil Meshramkar surrounded by children at the Navajeevan Children’s Home in Bidar.

M.B. Girish

Navjeevan Children’s Home has got sponsorship for educating 15 children

BIDAR: Fifteen children of the Navajeevan Children’s Home in Bidar city have been able to pursue their education, right from primary education up to professional course, thanks to financial assistance from some philanthropists.

Eleven of the children are from families in which members have leprosy, two are orphans and two children are from families where members have tested positive for HIV. All the children are from Bidar district.

The Navajeevan Children’s Home is run by Velemegna Good News Society, which is headed by Sybil Meshramkar.

Ms. Meshramkar told The Hindu on Sunday that last year a philanthropist decided to sponsor nine-year-old Martha, a child of a HIV positive parent in Bidar, till she completed professional course. This year, another person agreed to sponsor Martha’s younger brother Matthew.

Ms. Meshramkar said: “The number went up to 15 as my sister’s friend, who is a doctor, came forward to sponsor 13 students a month ago.” She said: “I have asked my friends to come forward to help. In the beginning the response was not encouraging but now I am happy with the way things are going.”

Ms. Meshramkar said that Rs. 1,000 a month was required to take care of each student’s food and transportation needs while Rs. 3,000 was spent on each student at the time of admission to school.

She said she wanted to give the children a proper direction through education which could help them come up in life.

“The philanthropists have requested me not reveal their names,” she said.

A student, Lingappa, who is studying in class one at St. Joseph’s Convent said he was happy with the facilities provided at the Navjeevan home and had no complaints.

Another student, Manju said that she used to live at another hostel in the city but the conditions were not conducive for her to concentrate on her studies. She felt that the atmosphere was encouraging at Navjeevan home.

Mahadevi, grandmother of Mary and Meghna, both of whom live at Navjeevan home, said the family had confidence that the children would be educated.

She said she was happy that her grandchildren were going to school.

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