Meet the Children

Rahul UikeRahul Uike

My name is Rahul Uike. I am studying in Class III. My mothers' name is Lalita and fathers' Unraj Uike. I live in Rajnagar Slum.

I like yellow colour, it reminds me of festival 'Holi', when we throw color on each other and have lot of fun.

My favourite food is cauliflour curry with rice.

I like my school very much, enjoy stories our teacher tells us. Our wardens Vaishali 'didi and Mahadeo brother are kind to us. I like Aneeta Aunty and Big Aunty, Mrs. Wilkinson), they take good care of us and Aneeta A. is lot of fun. My hostel is better than my home but I also miss my parents. I don't like chewing tobacco when in school, now that I am in the hostel that bad habit is gone.

I really enjoy festival of Holi, we throw color water on each other, its lot of fun. I like most animals but giraffe is unusual with his long neck. He gets the best food which other animals can't get. I would like to be a giraffe.

Nav -Jeevan has taught me many things. Study every day. Bathe daily. Sweep and swab my dormitory every day. Help each other and respect my parents.


Rahul DhurveRahul Dhurve

My name is Rahul Dhurve. My mothers' name is Meera Bai and fathers', Gajrup Dhurve. My home is in Rajnagar slum in Nagpur.

My favourite food is rice, 'dal' (lentils), 'roti' (bread) and vegetable made of flat beans, the way my mother cooks its delicious. My favourite color is old- rose red, I like its smell.

I like school because I learn good things there and also school food is good. I don't like getting punished, but when I am naughty teacher gets angry with me. My favourite festival is Makar Sankrant, its beginning of spring, we get lots of sweets to eat.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a bear, with its long black hair it looks frightening but obeys its master. I feel sorry for it also.

Since the time I am at Nav-Jeevan I have learnt to bathe every day, also cleanliness, keeping my dormitory clean. Also learnt to respect elders. I am learning a lot in school.

My best friend is Mohit because he too studies nicely. I like the game of cricket very much.

When I grow up I would like to be a police- man.


Shilpa MalaviShilpa Malavi

My name is Shilpa Gajanand Balavi. My mothers' name is Sharmila and fathers' Gajanand Balavi. I live in Rajnagar slum. I like to eat rice and 'dal',(lentils) and some thing like dumplings made of gram flour. My favourite color is yellow, it makes me think of yellow marigolds in spring.

I like my school because we learn good things there and gain knowledge. In school we get good food.

I really enjoy holi festival, throwing color on every body, we get fully wet.

I learnt in school to be polite and respectful to everyone and not use abusive language or hit each other.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit because it s a very clever animal and runs very fast, I would like to be clever also.

In Nav-Jeevan I have learnt to do my own work, bathe every day, study in the evening and wash before eating my food. I get up early in the morning, brush my teeth, then go running with the other children, then bathe and have breakfast. I enjoy it all.


Alka BariyaAlka Bariya

My name is Alka Mansaram Bariya. Mothers' name Jambai and father, Mansaram Baria. I live in Rajnagar slum, its behind the Mental Asylum. My favourite food is 'dal',(lentils), rice and vegetable made of okra and 'roti' (Indian bread) My favourite color is mauve, I have a dress of that color.

I like my school because its there that I gain knowledge, our teachers teach us nicely. I have friends in school , I don't like to fight with anyone in school.

My favourite festival is Diwali, its festival of lights, there is no darkness. We get good food to eat and lots of sweets, sometimes new clothes also.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit because he is clever and works intelligently.


Roshan DhurveRoshan Dhurve

My name is Roshan Gajroop Dhurve, I am eleven years old. My mothers' name is Meera Bai and fathers' Gajroop Dhurve. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite food is 'biryani' (rice cooked with meat) and 'puri, fried Indian bread. I like red color, it's a happy color not sad.

I like my school because my teacher teaches us nicely and disciplines us, which I like. I don't like giving trouble to my teacher would like to listen to her. My favourite festival is Christmas and Makar Sankrant, there is lots of fun and plenty to eat.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a deer, it has beautiful eyes and runs very fast.

Nav-Jeevan has made lot of changes in my life, I bathe every day, wake up on time, go to school on time, I wash my own clothes, and do all my work myself. I had got spoilt and gave my parents lot of problems but now I am alright. I am thankful to my teacher and to those who have made this possible. My best friend is Rahul, he makes me laugh a lot. I don't like friends who have bad habits.

I would like to be a doctor when I grow up, doctors relieve people of their suffering they are like gods.

My favourite game is 'kabaddi', (Indian team game), it teaches discipline, team spirit, quick decision and develops inner strength. I like sports very much and enjoy playing foot-ball also.


Sunil JadhavSunil Jadhav

My name is Sunil Jadhav, I am ten old and studying at Nav-Jeevan school and live in the hostel. My mothers' name is Chandrakala, she is dead, fathers' name is Malchandra Jadhav. I live in Rajnagar slum, behind Mental Asylum. I like my school we learn many subjects, my teacher takes a lot of trouble teaching us. Since the time I am in the hostel I don't like to use or hear abusive words.

My favourite festival is Diwali, festival of Lights, we decorate our school with lightsand burn sparklers. We also have special lunch with sweets. me.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a tiger, it is brave, beautiful and not afraid of any one. He is king of the jungle. My favorite color is mauve and food is 'biryani' rice cooked with meat.

Nav-Jeevan has brought many changes in my life, I have learnt good habits, reading and writing and many other things and learnt to respect the elders. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor and heal poor people who cannot afford expensive medicine.

I like the game of 'kabaddi', you have to be very strong to play the game, I hope one day I too will be strong to play the game.


Durga NinaveDurga Ninave

My name is Duga Ashok Ninave. I am nine years old and studying in class I. My mothers' name is Manda and fathers' Ashoka Ninave. We live in Rajnagar slum.

Since the time I hav joined the Nav-Jeevan school and hostel a lot of changes have taken place in my life. I bathe every day, wash my own clothes and do my own work. I can give more attention to my studies there are no distractions.

When I grow up I would like to be a teacher and teach many poor children who cannot go to expensive schools. My best friend is Shilpa , she is very funny and makes me laugh all the time, also tells me nice stories. My favourite food is chicken with 'roti'(Indian bread). I like horses they are so beautiful and useful to people, I would like to be a beautiful horse. I enjoyed Christmas, we decorated our school and were given chicken curry and fried rice, and fruit cake, it was all so nice.

Nav-Jeevan has changed my life, I am studying, not roaming around, teacher sometimes tells us interesting stories. We do not talk of bad things, neither fight. I like the food in school. I am very happy in my school.


Surekha Dattu Dongre

My name is Surekha,I am eight years old and studying in class I, at Nav-Jeevan school and stay in the hostel.

My mothers' name is Shanta Bai and fathers' name jis Dattu Dongre. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is red, it's a cheerful color, brides wear red sari.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be a deer, its beautiful and runs very fast.

Nav-Jeevan has brought many changes in my life, I bathe every day, do all my work myself. I study also quite nicely now.

My favourite food is cauliflour curry and rice, and best festival is'holi' when we throw colored water on friends. Reason why I like my school is we get good teaching, get to study and also play. I have learnt and gained knowledge about many things. We do not talk of dirty things neither fight or use abusive language. I am very to be in Nav-Jeevan school its changed my life.


Deepak PawarDeepak Pawar

My name is Deepak Pawar, I am nine years old and studying in class I. My mothers' name is Prabha and fathers is Ashoka Pawar. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is green as green as the rice fields. I like to eat 'dal' lentils and 'roti'(Indian bread).

I like my school because I learn many subjects. We get to hear stories also and teacher tells us many good things.IN school we do not talk of dirty things, neither fight or use abusive language. My favourite festival is 'Sankrant' harvest festival, we go special sweets on that day. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a deer, its beautiful and runs very fast. In school my best friend is Yogesh, he is lots of fun makes every one laugh. I like to play foot-ball.

Nav- Jeevan has brought many changes in my life, I bathe every day, do my own work and study nicely. When I grow up I would like to be an engineer.


Vandana BariyaVandana Bariya

My name is Vandana Bariya, I am six years old and studying in class I. My mothers' name is Jam and fathers' Mansaram Bariya. We live in Rajnagar slum, my parents have not allowed us to come to the hostel, may sister Alka wants to join the hostel, may be next school year she will join.

My favourite color is yellow, color of marigold, it is used for 'puja'. I like egg curry and 'roti' (Indian bread).

I like my school very much because we get the opportunity to study and get good mid-day meal, which I like a lot. When in school NO one uses abusive language, eating food from somebody elses' plate or picking up things that do not belong to you.

My favourite festival is 'holi', festival of colors we throw colored water on friends and family. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a monkey, people at Temples give sweets to it.

Nav- Jeevan has made many changes in my life, I bathe every day now, do my own bedand wash my hands before eating. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher and teach small children like myself.


Monali DhruveMonali Dhruve

My name is Monali Dhurve, I am 7 years old, studying in class I. My mothers' name is Durga and fathers' name is Gangaram. We live in Awasthi nagar. I go to school by our school bus, which I enjoy very much.

My favourite color is red, I have a frock of red color. My favourite food is potato cooked the way my mother cooks and 'roti'(Indian bread). My favourite festival is 'holi', festival of colors, we throw colored water on every one, its lot of fun. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a cat, it drinks milk. My best friend is Vandana she plays with me.

I like my school because I get to ride in the bus. I like to study and learn many things. When in school we can not use abusive language or dirty words, fighting and hitting each other. Nav- Jeevan has changed my life because now I can read and write. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.


Vishal Uike

My name is Vishal, I am about 8 years old and studying at Nav-Jeevan school. My mothers' name is Raveena and fathers' name is Upasrao Uike. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is blue, blue of a clear sky. I like potato curry and 'roti'(Indian bread).I enjoy 'rakhi' festival, my sister has to tie a band on my wrist and gives me sweets to eat, in return I have to give her money, which my parents give. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit, because it runs very fast and eats carrots. My best friend is Anil, he plays with me. My favourite game is cricket, it's a team game.

Nav-Jeevan has made lot of changes in my life, I am not lazy any more, we have to get up early and go for morning walk then exercise, bathe every day and wash my clothes, do all my work myself.

When I grow up I would like to be a policeman.


Tina Chatur KathoteTina Chatur Kathote

My name is Tina, I am seven years old, studying in class I. My parents name is, Lakshmi and fathers', Chatur Kathote. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is old-rose red, I have a dress of this color. I like chicken curry and 'roti' (Indian bread). If I had to be an animal I would like to be a tiger because he eats meat and I like meat. I like skipping rope with my best friend Yogita. My favourite festival is Christmas, we decorate our school, get special lunch of fried rice and chicken curry and Christmas cake.

I like my school because we get to study all subjects. My teacher tells us stories also which I enjoy. IN school there are so many children to play with. In school we cannot talk of bad things neither fight or hit anybody.

Nav-Jeevan has changed my life, I bathe every day, wash my clothes and do all my work myself. I also get time to study.

When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.


Jyoti NinaveJyoti Ninave

My name is Jyoti, I am ten years old studying in class I. My parents' name is Manda and fathers' Ashoka. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is pink, I like to wear every thing of pink color. I like to eat cauliflour curry with rice , the way my mother cooks. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a cock, it wakes up early morning and wakes every one up. My best festival is 'rakhi' I have to tie a band on my brothers' wrist and he gives me money. I enjoy playing 'kho-kho' with my friend Rakhi. She is my best friend , talks and plays with me.

Nav-Jeevan has brought many changes in my life, I bathe every day, do my own work and concentrate on my studies and get very good marks in all subjects.We learn to make friends and not fight neither talk of dirty things. I like my school, we learn good things over here. Teacher tells us stories also.

When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.


Arthik GajbhiyeArthik Gajbhiye

My name is Arthik, I am seven years old studying in class I. My parents name is Sandhya and father is Subhash Gajbhiye. We live in Godhni, close to my school.

My favourite color is red, cheerful and happy color. I like to eat cauliflour and brinjal curry with 'roti' (Indian bread). My favourite festival is 'Sankrant', we get lot of sweets to eat. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a deer, it has beautiful eyes and runs very fast. My favourite game is foot-ball, I like to play it with my friend Mahendra.

I like my school because I learn many things, teacher teaches us many good things. In school we learn both English and Hindi. Nav-Jeevan teaches us not to use bad wooords or talk of dirty things.

When I grow up I would like to be a Police- man.


Vikas PawarVikas Pawar

My name is Vikas, I am seven years old and studying in classI at Nav-Jeevan school. My mothers'name is Prabha and fathers' Ashoka. We live in Rajnagar slum.

I like yellow color like the yellow fields of mustard. My favourite food is spinach and 'roti' (Indian bread). Diwali festival is my favourite, we light 'diyas'( oil lamps) burn sparklers and eat lots of sweets. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a mouse it eats 'rotis' like me. I like to play chasing games with my friend Rahul. He also tells us stories and doesn't hit anybody.

Nav-Jeevan has changed my life, I bathe every day, do my own work and study regularly. I like my school because we get good food that I like, and teacher teaches us nicely. There are lots of children to play with. When I grow up I would like to be a driver.


Susmita SalikSusmita Salik

My name is Susmita, I am bround nine years old and have joined Nav-Jeevan school recently. I am studying in class II. My parents name is Rita and fathers', is Salik. We live in Khadan,(quarry) near Byramji Town.

I like mauve color, it's the color of my favourite flower. I like curry made of cabbage with rice.We have lot of fun on Diwali festival, burn fire-crackers and get lot of sweets to eat. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit, it has beautiful eyes. My favourite game is musical chairs.

I like my school because we get good food to eat and good teaching by my teacher. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.


Sanchit KathoteSanchit Kathote

My name is Sanchit Kathote, I am five years old studying in nursery class. My mothers' name is Lakshmi and fathers' Chatur Kathote. I live in Rajnagar slum with my parents.

My favourite color is blue, school uniform too is blue. I like to eat rice, 'dal'(lentils) with egg curry. I have lot of fun during 'holi' festival, I throw colored water on my sisters and parents. Mother makes nice food for us. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a tiger and frighten all the children away. I like to play ball with my friend Saurabh.

I like my school because we get nice food and can eat as much as I like.

When I grow up I would like to be a police man.

Teachers' comments: Sanchit comes from a very poor family, with six children, the youngest baby died last summer of dehydration, we managed to save Sanchit just in time. He has picked up very fast and is putting on weight. Unlike his earlier self he has become very playful chases other children and likes to do little errands. He is also very good in studies, learns his poems very fast, knows his numbers and letters and is not at all shy. At lunch time when its his turn to say the prayer he stand up and says it loud and clear. Very lovable child.


Komal ChoudharyKomal Choudhary

My name is Komal Choudhary, I am eight years old studying in class I. My parents names are, Meena and fathers' name Bantu Choudhary. We live in Rajnagar slum.

The color I like best is mauve, it is also color of flowers. My favourite food rice with brinjal curry. I have lot of fun on Diwali, we light 'diyas' (oil lamps) burn crackers and get to eat lots of sweets. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a tiger it has a beautiful coat and very attractive coloring. My favourite game is hop-scotch which I play with Sonam.

Nav-Jeevan has made many changes in my life, I bathe every day , do all my work myself and study well. When I grow up I would like to be a police-woman.


Tanuja MinalwarTanuja Minalwar

My name is Tanuja Milanwar, I am nine years old studying in class II. My mothers' name is Seema and fathers' Sanjay Milanwar. I live in Prakash Nagar, Godhni.

My favourite color is pink, it's a very pretty color. I like chicken and egg curry with rice. I have lot of fun on the festival of Diwali. We light 'diyas'( oil lamps ), burns crackers and get to eat lot of sweets. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit,its cute with its ears standing out, listening to us talk. I enjoy skipping rope. My best friend is Arthi.

Nav-jeevan has made many changes in my life, all the children are loved and cared for in the school. We study nicely, I have learnt to read now. We also get to ride in the bus.

When I grow up I'll be a teacher.


Ranjeeta JadhavRanjeeta Jadhav

My name is Ranjeeta Jadhav, I am eleven years old studying in class IV.

My parents' names are Chandrakala and fathers'Malchand. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is green, it's a very pretty color, reminds me of green fields. I like to eat 'dal'(lentils) and rice. I enjoyed Christmas a lot, we decorated the school, had a Christmas Tree and gifts for every one. We ate chicken curry and fried rice and cake. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a monkey, it amuses every one and imitates people. I enjoy kho-kho game it requires lot of running and chasing.

I like my school very much because we learn a lot and teacher teaches nicely. School has changed my life, we are given good habits and taught to be neat and clean, bathe every day, do all my work myself. When I grow up I'll be a teacher.


Rashmi Gajanand MalaviRashmi Gajanand Malavi

My name is Rashmi Malavi, I am eleven years old, studying in class IV, at Nav-Jeevan school. My parents names are Sharmila and fathers' Gajanand. We live in Rajnagar slum.

My favourite color is white, it looks so clean and pure. I like potato curry with 'roti'(Indian bread).I enjoy festival 'holi' the most, we throw colored water on each other, it is also beginning of summer. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a camel, it helps others and carries lot of burden and walks through the hot sand. My best friend is Barkha, I like her because she talks of nice happy things.My favourite game is 'kho-kho', it is a dodging and chasing game, lots of fun.

I like school because we learn so many good and useful things, it is easier to study while in hostel no distractions. When children fight in school it becomes very unpleasant, I don't like that. Nav-Jeevan has changed my life, I bathe every day, keep clean , keep every thing in the dormitory clean. We get good food which I enjoy very much.

When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.


Yogesh MalaviYogesh Malavi

My name is Yogesh, I am 13 years old, studying in class IV. My parents names are Sharmila and fathers' Gajanand Malavi. We live in Rajnagar slum.

I like red color, festival time most people wear red colored clothes, it is a happy color.

My favourite food is chicken curry with rice and 'roti'( Indian bread). My favourite festival is Makar Sankrant, its kite flying festival, my favourite game. If I had to an animal I would like to be a horse,it is a beautiful animal and runs very fast. My favourite game is 'kabaddi', also I like kite flying.

I like my school because explains every thing nicely to us. School has changed my life, I bathe every day, study nicely, listen to my teachers. At home I did not obey my parents, I would argue with them all the time. In school I am respectful greet elders with folded hands. I am happy in school.

When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.


Shubham LamaShubham Lama

My name is Shubham, I am eight years old, studying in class III. I live in Rajnagar slum. My parents name is Asha and fathers' Kancha.

My favourite color is white, it is simple and clean. I enjoy egg curry and rice which we get on Fridays' for school lunch. I enjoy Diwali festival very much,it is festival of lights , we light 'diyas'(oil lamps), burn fire crackers. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit, it is a very smart animal. I like to play foot- ball.

Nav-Jeevan has changed my life, I have learnt to do my own work, helping others and respecting people. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.


Ashish TandeAshish Tande

My name is Ashish, I am seven years old , studying in Pre-Nursery class. My home is in Bijli Nagar. My mothers name is Shakun and fathers' Vijay.

I like my school. I like to study. and when I grow up I will become a doctor. When I am at school I want to be a good boy and obey to my teacher. I like school food, my favourite food is rice and gram curry.

I like red color, its color of festivals. Festival of Diwali is lot of fun we light candles all around the house, burn crackers and eat nice food and sweets.

If I had to be an animal I would like to be an elephant, it's a graceful animal and very strong, not afraid of any one. My best friend is Rahul, we play 'catch' our favourite game.


Naushad Sheikh

My name is Naushad, I am six years old, in Pre- Nursery class. My home is in Sadar near the Police station. I like to study but I do not like coming to school. When I grow up I will become a police-man, they are not afraid of any one.

My favourite color is yellow, I have a yellow shirt. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a monkey, it very mischievous and likes to have fun. Id is my best festival, I get new clothes to wear and nice food. I enjoy playing 'catch' with my best friend Sunil.


Shweta YunatheShweta Yunathe

My name is Shweta, I am seven years old, in Pre- nursery class. We live near the old quarry, called Khadan. My parents names are Rita and fathers' Shalik. I like school but do not like to talk to any one.

I have lot of fun on Diwali festival, burn fire-crackers and eat lot of sweets. I like pink color, I have a pink dress. My favourite food is rice and 'dal' (lentils). My best friend is Manisha, she plays with me. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a lion, it is beautiful and brave.


Nikita RajpandeNikita Rajpande

My name is Nikita, I am six years old, studying in Pre-Nursery class. My mothers' name is Pushpa and fathers' Kailash. I live in Rajnagar slum.

I like school but do not like to talk to any one. When I grow up I would like to be a policeman.

My favourite food is rice and egg curry. I have lot of fun on Diwali festival, lot of lights and fire-crackers. My best friend is Himansha, we play ball and also with our dolls.If I had to be an animal I would like to be a cow, its very gentle and gives milk.


Ankit MeshramAnkit Meshram

My name is Ankit, I am five years old, in Pre Nursery class. We live in Rajnagar slum. My mothers' name is Mamta and father is Bablu.

I like yellow color, my mother has yellow sari. My favourite festival is Diwale , I get to hold the sparklers, I am not afraid of it. I enjoy eating rice and egg and mutton curry. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a dog its very loving.

I like coming to school , lots of children to play with. I do not like Rina, I don't play with her but I like Sunil. we play cricket.

When I grow up I would like to be a robber but my teacher says its not nice to take other peoples things.


Manisha DongreManisha Dongre

My name is Manisha, I am seven years old in Pre-Nursery class. I like my school but do not like to study.

We live in Rajnagar slum. My parents names are Shantabai and father is Dattu. My favourite color is pink, on Diwali festival my mother gave me a pink dress. I like to eat rice and mutton curry. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a monkey Its very naughty and has lots of fun. My favourite game is foot-ball. When I grow up I would like be a policeman.


Himansha GajbhiyeHimansha Gajbhiye

My name is Himansha, I am seven years old, in Pre-Nursery class. My parents names are Sandhya and fathers' Subhash. We live in Godhni.

My favourite color is green, like the green trees.I like rice , egg and mutton curry. I enjoy Diwali festival the most , there are lot of lights, fire-crackers and nice sweets. Kajal is my best friend, we play ball together. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a mouse, it runs and hides very fast.

I like school because we get good food to eat. One thing I do not like in school we have to answer questions. When I grow up I would like to be a policeman.


Pratik BoghilePratik Boghile

My name is Pratik, I am six years old, in Pre-Nursery class. My mthers'name is Chaya and fathers' name is Pramod. We live in Godhni.

I like yellow color, it is the color of flowers. My favourite foods are rice, egg and mutton curry,'dal' (lentils) and 'roti' (Indian bread).I like school because we get good food to eat. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a dog, we have a dog in my home.My best friend is Shankar we play football. Shankar loves me.

I like school because we get good food to eat. I do not like to answer questions in school. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.


Suraj NinaveSuraj Ninave

My name is Suraj Ninave. I am eight years old, in Pre-Nursery class. My mothers'name is Mandabai and fathers' Ashok. We live in Pardi.

My favourite color is blue I have a blue shirt. I like potatoes, chicken curry, rice and 'roti'(Indian bread). Diwali festival is lot of fun, we light 'diyas'(oil lamps), burn crackers and get nice food and sweets to eat. If I had to be an animal I would like to be a rabbit because it looks very sweet. Karan is my best friend, we play catch, catch and have lots of fun.

I like school because I get a chance to study and learn nice things. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.