She recently took a sabbatical from being a bank manager of a leading public sector bank and has been working towards helping a group of street kids in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad. It all began in 2012 when Taruna started teaching and spending time with a group of street-kids. “I would finish my work by 5 pm each day and rush to be with them. I would spend at least three to four hours every day with them. We would learn, eat together, sing and dance,” she said.
What began as something that Taruna would do after work hours soon consumed her entire time, energy, and finances. It has taken a long while, but her family is now both supportive and appreciative of the work she does. They now say that they are glad that she is doing something for those who cannot fend for themselves. They understand that she learnt it the hard way and are happy to see the results of her work.
Taruna and her group of friends ensure that they make learning fun for all the kids. The youngest child who comes to them is Chandni, all of two-years-old and the oldest child is Aslam who is 17-years-of-age. Aslam, in fact, helps his family by managing a small roadside shop and in between his work hours he ensures that he comes to class as well. Taruna and her friends have started providing the students with one meal. She says the food, in some cases, is a big motivation for the parents to send them to her school.
In 2015, Taruna and her friends established an NGO, which they named the Nirbhed Foundation. It is now under this umbrella that they function.
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