“There were so many opportunities to go astray but my teachers hand-held me to safety and a good future,” says Dr. Kishore Hindustani, former-student of Aray Orphanage, Delhi. Kishore went to the orphanage as an eleven-year-old along with his elder brother after his father send them to the institution to escape “the negative environment at home”.

“My mother passed away when I was three months old and my brother was only one-and-a-half years old then. My father (who worked with Delhi Police) remarried hoping that the new mother would take care of us. Things, however, took a turn for the worse and my father was forced to send us away,” says Dr. Hindustani.

Recalling his early days, he says: “At the institution in Delhi we were put along with ninety-nine other boys and given limited opportunities to study. My teacher would tell every day “be focussed on your education”. These words helped me e prepare for my pre-medical entrance exam, which I cracked in 2002, and postgraduate medical exam in 2009.”

Today Dr. Hindustani works as a senior resident at Safdarjung Hospital and runs an NGO which helps children from underprivileged communities to learn English.

“I also take moral science lessons and one day hope to be working among the poorest of the poor to provide psychiatric help/treatment to them. Children, irrespective of their background, have to be gifted the opportunity to make something of their lives and that is really the collective responsibility of a mature, responsible society.”