After having seen our now regular Friday’s report on our children, with a video of the children’s homes, one of our child sponsors sent us an email, asking whether we could take such a video in her sponsored child’s home, too. She would like to get to know more about the boy, his living situation and also ‘meet’ his family. We are anyway planning on introducing all these children to you, one by one, and so were happy to visit Murari!
Murari is 13 years old and has been at our school for the past five years, starting in the pre-school class and having now reached the 3rd grade. He lives with his parents and his two elder brothers, who are 26 and 24 years old. He was thus the baby of the family for a long time – until last year, when his eldest brother’s wife gave birth to a baby boy, Murari’s little nephew. The birth of the boy was shortly after another happy event in the family – the wedding of the second brother, whose wife also moved in with the family, just as it is normal in India. This means there are now six adults, Murari and a baby living in the house which consists of two rooms, a toilet and that bit of open space where we could sit and talk.
During our talk with Murari’s father we learned that he had been a carpenter but due to his age and a road accident which he said affected his mental state, too, he cannot do the hard work with wood anymore and has thus taken some random jobs that he could find. That may not bring a lot of money but his two elder sons are working as labourers, too, so the family can cope, even if it is not abundance that they are living in.
They are making efforts to save some money in order to build a room on top of their roof so that the eldest son and his wife could have a room for themselves. Another benefit would be that they could all move up there during monsoon time, should the river rise again and flow into the area which is prone to flooding.
In fact, Murari’s house is not far from Sanju’s home whom I already introduced to you, too. In 2010, when the big flood had hit Vrindavan, Murari’s house, too, had been flooded and Murari had come to the Ashram to live with us until the water retreated. The rest of the family had camped on the roof, unwilling to leave their little amount of belongings out of fear of thieves.
While the water is always a problem, Murari loves the area he lives in. ‘My school friends all live around here!’, he explains. The parents are glad that they can send Murari to our school, taking a bit of the financial burden off their shoulders. They have the hopes that Murari will get a well-earning job later on, as he already knows more English than the rest of his family. His teachers agree – Murari is a good student, fast in the mind and, if he manages to get his concentration off his friends and on his work, he can pick up, combine and understand the lessons quickly.