Delhi woke up to its coldest day in 70 years.. it was 0.2 degree celsius.. later that day came an announcement: all primary schools would be closed for two days..
Easy said, easy done... great idea, the kids can remain warm at home.. is what one would logically think from the comfort of our homes..
But what about children whose home is a tiny chilly dark hole...whose parents both leave for work as the evening meal depends on that..
What about the children whose hot meal is the one they get in school..
Will closing the school keep these kids warm, fed and safe...
One of the reasons why we decided on the very first day we began our work to keep our centre open on holidays was that those were the days where the children needed us most, as they hung around unsafe streets, and had no one to look after them or feed them..
Remember there are 1.7 million such children in our city...
Note: as I had anticipated many little girls (morning shift) turned up to an empty school to be sent back in many cases to a locked home!