Rohan is 16 years old. His mother is HIV
positive but she is a strong lady and has brought him up in
a manner which has made him understand reality as well as
accept it. Rohan’s mother left the flesh trade when
he started attending school and she worked with an NGO. But
she had to get back into the trade owing to her aadmi’s
ill-health and unstable economic conditions. Rohan has been
a witness to all of this and has always been sensitive to
his mother’s wishes, never deviating from his path.
Rohan is an example of a boy who is faced with several obstacles
in his life. Being the oldest of 3 siblings and having to
support the family at such a young age at times makes him
feel negative and defeated. But he always tends to rise above
this situation and emerge a winner.
We helped Rohan gain admission in a good school and he completed
10th standard with 57%. We took care of part payment of his
tuition fees for 10th standard. We also helped him with college
admissions and college fees. He has opted for the Commerce
stream. Rohan has exhibited a strong attachment to Prerana
as well as the staff members. He expressed a wish to volunteer
during the evenings in the study class as a part time teacher.
We are giving him a stipend of Rs. 1000 for the same.
Rohan is an all-rounder. We encouraged him to participate
in all activities and he excelled in them. He has been an
excellent student within our Education Support Program intervention.
He is almost always unanimously chosen by his peers as their
representative. Rohan is a good dancer, singer, cricketer,
football player, actor and painter. He attracts the attention
of everyone be it a visitor or a volunteer. As quoted by one
of our partners, Mr. Tom Verner (Founder – Magicians
Without Borders who is training him along with 15 other youths
to become professional magicians): “This boy has so
much style. If he was to wear an outfit made of rotten leaves
or if a barrel was to be put around him, even then he would
look stylish and stand apart. He is one of those individuals
who have that edge within them.” Rohan wants to eventually
get into the creative field and is working towards the same.