Gaurav was 7 years old and had legs that had been severed by polio when we encountered him. He couldn’t walk and because his parents couldn’t afford mobile aids, would either be sitting idle at the porch or slugging around, which caused severe bruises and wounds all over his legs. With parents at the farm and a 10 year old sibling off to school, Guarav would be home alone most of the time, with nothing to do but wait and develop an erratic behavior.
Gaurav didn’t join us for half a year after we came to know about him. It was a struggle to get their parents and the community to consent. They would rather have Guarav stay at home all day long. Gaurav’s parents later confided to us that they would have to carry Gaurav each day to our local center and they couldn’t afford to waste so much time on him. It was when we got him a pair of crutches and he had been able to use them perfectly that he joined us. He would walk a 30 minutes distance everyday to reach the center and go back home at the end of the day; that is how he and his parents wanted it. 5 years later, Gaurav has started going to school and is now in grade 4. Every Saturday, he is at our center to play a game or two of basketball with his mates here at the center. The erratic behavior is long gone, although he can be very competitive when it comes to setting scores during games.