Governor impressed with village for streetchildren

VIJAYAWADA, MARCH 24. "I was just like you all. My teacher would beat me daily because I wouldn't study. I lost my father when I was just six and the circumstances that unfolded pushed me into the company of anti-social elements. I found myself a menial job. However, in a couple of years, I managed to wriggle out of the situation and joined a night school."

That was the Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, baring the unseen chapter of his life before the streetchildren at SKCV Children's Trust, a local voluntary organisation, here on Thursday.

Completely besotted with serene beauty of Prem Vihar, a village set up on the banks of river Krishna for streetchildren, the Governor spent a little over an hour going round the facility built to cater to the needs of the kids. He watched the children perform to entertain him and tried to connect himself to them in a brief interactive session.

Worthwhile wait

The wait under the scorching sun seemed worthwhile when the Governor paused to gaze at the absorbed faces every now and then and made a smiling eye contact. One could feel the rush of gratitude in the eyes of the children standing in a row to welcome him.

Complimenting the Director of the SKCV Trust, Norton Manihara, a native of England and a runaway kid himself, Mr. Shinde said it was heartening to see a foreigner choosing to shoulder such a Herculean task, on a land miles away from his native soil.

"His humanitarian approach is commendable. I compliment him for his efforts and pray to the Almighty to strengthen his desire to succeed in his endeavour," he said.

Interactive session

In the interactive session with the kids, he promised them permission to visit the Raj Bhawan. "You will not just be allowed to visit the place but I will also share a cup of tea with you," he announced amidst huge round of applause. Advising the children to make the best of the opportunities being provided to them at them by the Trust, he said he would return very soon to see how much progress the children had made.

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