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A march towards building a strong society

Arun Kumar

Hindu Sewa Pratishthan, Bangalore, opened the third branch of ‘Nele’, a unique shelter house for rag-picking children of Bangalore. The project was inaugurated by Pejawar Swami Vishveshteertha at the outskirts of Bangalore city on December 1.

There are about 80,000 estimated rag-picking children in Bangalore city alone. In this city, crores of rupees get transacted at some places and at another end there are children for whom the next meals is at the waste bin. This city has made a big name in the field of IT (Information Technology), BT (Bio-Technology), IP (Intellectual Property), etc. But there are some generous people, who can understand this glaring difference of wealth and facilities and are coming forward to lessen the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.

For them the concept of ‘Nele’ enters direct to their heart. Thus, within a short span, ‘Nele’ got tremendous response. Most of the rag-pickers are orphanage children and few of them are slum boys with no parental atte…

A mission that enriches the soul of the needy

S Gurumurthy

Manikanta, abandoned on the streets, was begging from morning to night in Lalbaugh. Later, he was taken to Chennai to work in a country liquor shop. The shopkeeper read a newspaper article about `Nele' and brought the child to its doors. Today, Nele is Manikanta's home. He is in school, in 4th standard.Nele is the home for children abandoned to the care of streets to beg, pick rags and do other menial work. It takes them into its bosom, nurses them to good health and mind and initiates them into man-making education. Many such street children picked up by Nele are today role models.

They bag prizes in competitions. Saraswati, just eight, had acute hearing impairment. Her ability to learn was so low that even special schools would not admit her. She joined Aruna Chetna. Today she has blossomed into a creative girl, excelling in dance and art. Groomed as a teaching assistant, she is now in vocational training division in Aruna Chetna itself.

Started in the year 1987, A…