ONLY five weeks remaining until the EKATVA show hits the UK … HOW EXCITING! . Currently the tour is in the USA, if you would like to catch their shows check out: EKATVA.org. Also the UK dates have now been confirmed and all the information is on the EKATVA UK Tour: Leicester // Birmingham // London event page.
Plus this week, my friend @theampatel has created three iPhone wallpapers with wonderful quotes for you to download and spread the incredible message of EKATVA!
Keep checking the Faceback Event page for a free FACEBOOK cover photo download to use on your profile
And now to the even better stuff … So, continuing on our fabulous journey to know and understand the background of these 16 cool kids of EKATVA, this week we get to meet Vicky and Sanjay.
“If you drop the dandiyo while dancing, you just have to continue the step without it. If something is not in our hands, we have to make an effort to move forward without it.”
In an attempt to make up lost income from his father’s illness, Vicky would polish shoes on the streets, earning 50 rupees for a full day’s work on busy intersections. “I had so much fun,” Vicky says, recounting this all-too-common tale of child labour as though it were an adventure. Although his demeanor is now thoughtful and playful, his Mom tells a different story of misbehaving and angry Vicky. But after going to Manav Sadhna and joining EKATVA, his temper has cooled and he is always ready to help out at home.
Sanjay lives in Ram Rahim no Tekro, a slum area in Old Ahmedabad, renowned for Hindu and Muslim communities living side-by-side. Sanjay began ragpicking to earn some extra income for his family, who were in danger of losing their home. He would go through mountains of rubbish in the slums around his home and collect enough scraps of paper to earn about 30 rupees per day. The conditions were unimaginable and dangerous, especially for a 10-year old boy, but Sanjay continued ragpicking for several months to help his family.
Initially, Sanjay demonstrated an impressive commitment to EKATVA, making the daily 40-minute bus trip for after-school EKATVA practice. Now he lives with most of the other kids at the Gandhi Ashram hostel where he’s learned a great deal from the surrounding positive environment and mentors.
“Bad things take no time at all to finish. It’s the good things that take a long time and hard work. For good things, you have to sweat.”
If you would like to get involved with the UK tour project either in terms of fund raising and/or other possible activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org