The dhaba behind the Youth Hostel at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi uses the services of a child, who must be around 10 years of age. This is typical of so many dhabas, but I feel ashamed to say that this happens even in the very heart of Delhi's palatial embassy estates and just behind the institution that is dedicated to the youth.
Makes me think -- why does the centre frame laws about compulsory education? Why not simply a "dhaba-to-school" department with that singular objective? Every month it could give a report of how many children were converted...
I enquired with the people at the dhaba -- apparently the child has no parents and no-one else to take care of him. He works at the dhaba and stays there all the time.
I am determined to assist the child get a schooling. Can someone advice me what would be a good way to go about this:
1. Should I approach an orphange? If so, which one?
2. Should I phone childine?
(some other approach?)
If someone has assisted a child in a similar setting, I would be glad to learn from his/her experience to find out the fastest and most effective way of working on this.