First Successful Step towards Rehabilitation of Street Kids
The glittering eyes of the kids tell an innocent story. They have hope and they have dreams in spite of being less fortunate than the other kids their age. It is this hope that inspired Swati Mehrotra, shoe designer, Shivani Gupta, an entrepreneur and designer Pooja Motwani to lend a hand out to them and start the admirable journey.
A group of socialites and who’s who of the Delhi/NCR circle formed ‘The Third Observance’ to help, support and counsel street kids; the group was officially launched on December 24th, 2012 i.e. Monday at Harmony House in Gurgaon.
Taking inspiration from Santa Claus, the group visited Harmony House, an NGO that shelters kids from slums, and celebrated Christmas Eve with them. Swati Mehrotra loved the idea of celebrating Christmas with small kids. “Christmas Eve marked the perfect day to embark on this journey. We wanted to be these kids’ Santas and offer them gifts, clothes and other necessities. What surprised us was the fact that they already knew who Santa was and why we celebrate Christmas. It was really heartwarming to see them enjoying themselves and singing Christmas carols.”
Stylist Aamer Zakir, singer and writer Vandana Vadehra Ayesha, designer Amit Talwar Trekaaya and Venus, owner of a production house were also present at the event. Nikhil Chugh, Director, One Management and Entertainment and Upasna Chugh, President, One Management and Entertainment contributed generously to the cause. They mingled with the kids and interacted with them to make them feel comfortable. Once prompted, the kids talked about significance of Christmas, Jesus and Santa Claus but the fun started when they shed their inhibitions and recited poems, prayers and even sang songs and danced to the tunes. Amidst all the fun and laughter, Santa Clauses (male and female) made their appearance; spreading smiles, the two Santas gave gifts and goodies to all the kids and sang carols with them. While the kids were performing, Shivani Gupta was cheering them on and asking others to join in the fun. She commented, “These kids are immensely talented and this talent shouldn’t go unexplored. We were awestruck when we heard they wanted education from Santa Claus. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had.”
Other than the gifts, the group also donated valuable necessities like clothes, books and food. The kids at Harmony House come from the nearby slum areas and most of them don’t have access to basic necessities. Harmony House shelters them, provides them food and education and makes them competent enough to stand on their feet. Pooja Motwani said, “These kids really made our Christmas more special. We were hoping our small effort could bring smiles to their faces but I guess they made us equally happy. We are blessed that we have so much. These kids have so little and they are still so cheerful and buoyant. We all should learn from them.”
To spread more cheer and warmth, the group members donated clothes and other necessities to the street kids.
After their first successful event, the group would reach out to more street kids regularly and try to change their lives by providing them basic necessities and supporting and counseling them.