Tarun Gupta, a resident of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, after witnessing the abuses slum-dwelling and orphaned children in his town face, couldn’t just continue with his regular day job. With a supportive family and Kailash Satyarthi as his role model, he went on to rescue children who were working as household laborers, started spreading awareness on child rights, bonded labour, child labour, and human trafficking; and established the first orphanage of Ghaziabad.
It all started when Tarun became a father. Being members of the privileged class, his family received numerous gifts from friends and relatives. Most of these gifts were either redundant or things they didn’t need. Tarun planned to distribute these extra gifts among impoverished and underprivileged children living in slums who might find them useful. The experience he had in the process of meeting and speaking with children changed his life.
Fast forward a decade and today Tarun runs an orphanage for underprivileged children, called ‘Prerana Seva Sansthan.’ He also runs a day-care centre for children living in slums that provides these children with education, regular medical checkups, and other basic facilities.
An MBA in sales and marketing, Tarun was working for a large corporation and was running his firm as an entrepreneur which provided HR consultancy. In 2006, when he became a father, he realised how fragile lives of children are, and why they must be protected from being exploited. Tarun recalls,
Soon he got in touch with Kailash Satyarthi’s ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) and started his work for ‘Child Right Advocacy’. Tarun recalls,
When Ghaziabad police ran its ‘Operation Smile’ to search for missing children, Tarun had a major role to play. His active participation and awareness drives helped the police bring back many children to their families. Soon he realised that there is no single platform in India which focusses on making the information on missing children publicly available. Tarun says,
“Every year thousands of children disappear in India, but there is no centralised database which makes the information on these children available. To address this problem at the ground level, we started publishing an annual database called ‘Missing Children of Ghaziabad’ which contained an exhaustive database of children from Ghaziabad who went missing.”
In 2012, Tarun went on to build ‘Prerana Parivar Bal Ashram,’ the first orphanage of Ghaziabad. Despite unavailability of funds, the initiative has continued to grow. He is currently running it out of a rented house with 26 orphaned children living under one roof and receiving food, healthcare, education, and a better life. Tarun tells us,
“We had to face a lot of problems to start the orphanage. We didn’t have a place for these children to stay, nor did we have any funds. Today, we can proudly say that we have been able to manage the orphanage without any government funding and 18 of our children study in a private school. Their fees are paid on time. We are trying to provide them with the best quality of life and all the facilities kids of their age deserve and desire.”
He also started a day care to educate children who scavenge and beg on streets. Totally, 45 children are a part of this day care, who not only receive education but are also provided with regular health, dental, and eye checkups, seasonal clothes, and other timely facilities.
Tarun tells us how difficult it gets at times to run these. These initiatives are completely dependent on individual donations. He says,
“Funds are scarce but things have a way to work themselves out. We recently purchased a plot for 45 lakhs where we are planning to build an orphanage with much better facilities. I have sold my shops to raise money for this, and the construction work will begin soon. The total estimated budget for our project is rupees 2.5 crore, which we are still in the process of gathering.”
Apart from running these institutions, Tarun also goes around to other villages and towns and helps free children who work as household workers, laborers, and children subjected to human trafficking. He believes that prevention, protection, and rehabilitation are all equally important. Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi remains his role model.
Tarun has certainly come a long way since the day his son was born. He watches his son grow, and in parallel, watches his initiatives take shape and pave way for things to come in the future. We salute Tarun for helping and Inspiring Humanity.
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In a bid to fight female infanticide in his area, he has ensured no that his hospital does not charge any fees if the infant delivered is a girl. Till date, in hundreds of deliveries, both normal and caesarian, maternity charges have been waived off. In fact, the entire hospital celebrates the birth of the girl child by distributing sweets in the hospital. In an interview with Deccan Herald, Dr Rakh told that female infanticide “is rampant because regressive social norms are not only anti-women but are even anti-girl child. As a medical professional I have seen the torture that a mother undergoes when she comes to know that she has delivered a girl.”
What is even more inspiring his how his act has now snowballed into a social movement of sorts, an effect that even he didn’t foresee. “After reading media reports about my work, I was contacted by nearly 17-18 gram panchayats and hundreds of doctors who have not only promised to stop sex determination tests and abortions but welcome girl children by motivating families,” Dr Rakh told the DNA. As of date, nearly 3,000 doctors from the interiors of Maharashtra have joined his cause of fighting social biases and prejudices against the girl child.
Yesterday I was in powai (Mumbai) with my friends . This Kid his name is rahul chauhan stays in andheri east sakinaka sagharsh nagar. He sell popcorn at powai just for his bread his mother is dead and father is alcoholic and he have 3 brother so please share this post, whoever visit to powai lake please help him and do whatever u can for him….. and he goes to school he is in 6th std but in government school and his 3 brother also goes to school and he is the sole bread earner for his family… Please guys help him whenever you pass by from there and lets help him and many others like him in any way possible as I saw a sparkle in his eye to become something. #BringingHumanityBack Story sent by Annie Maurya