Aasraa Trust's Diwali Appeal 2022

New Year Calendar 2023

Aasraa Trust's Diwali Appeal

New Year Calendar 2023

Aasraa Trust's Diwali Appeal

New Year Calendar 2023

Yes We Can Too…But Not In A Day!

Obama’s famous campaign slogan “yes we can” had inspired Americans and people in other parts of the world too, to an extent that may have been a little unrealistic. In a news article by Barkha Dutt recently, the term of Obama’s had been discussed with Dutt mentioning the same fact. We did create a superhero image of a man who is extraordinary in many ways, but is, at the end of the day, a man. The recovery of the American economy and solution to allied issues that emerged therein will be a long process.Recently, at many of our meetings or even discussions with people who stop by, at Street Smart bring back the same article in my mind too. There is a lot of energy and excitement about the project and we are all immensely grateful for the support that we have received in numerous forms- from the nice, plump cheque to the encouraging smile with the words “good job” and everything in between- everything helps tremendously.But there is an emerging concern that there may be more expectations from Street Smart that what it can deliver at the moment. Working street children is a long process of unlearning- both for us and for these children- and patience is not a desirable virtue, but an absolute necessity! So while there are days when we may feel that we have been doing the same thing since a long time, beneath the surface, we are laying a strong foundation for Street Smart to be built upon and will take as long as  needed to make it solid before taking the next steps. We are creating a stronger bond with the kids (we have the liberty to shout at them, btw!); we are mapping our areas that need immediate attention and those that need attention over the long term; we are collaborating with people and networks and organizations; and we are creating lots of good and terrible art in the process!

Here are a few of those:

 I like to call this one: ‘Dead frog by the drain hole!’

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