Life is complicated. And street life is no different. For the past few days, our team has been given an introduction to some of the complex issues surrounding life on the street, and what it means to provide care to current and former street children. We’ve grappled with questions such as “how do we know if caring attempts are successful?”, “Is it ever OK to remove a child from their family?”, “Does that answer change when the family want their child back?”, “What must it feel like for parents to have their children taken away from them?”
We don’t have answers; these questions don’t evoke clear cut answers. What feels important, though, is that we are considering the nuances of these complex social realities, navigating through them together, whilst considering how our own life experiences, like the haze of Delhi itself, colour our views. This isn’t a bad thing, but a reality of the human condition.
We’re here for three more weeks, and during that time we’ll be getting involved in a variety of projects including life skills workshops, data-management, and qualitative data collection. So things are all go here in Delhi and change is constant. But there is a quality we share that does not waver – our curiosity into the lives of the people we meet and the society surrounding them. I’m reminded of the following quote:
“REMEMBER to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
~ Stephen Hawking.
~ Words & photo by Alice.