We found Ashida ( 7 years), bare-bodied and brazen, out for her morning ‘pheri’ (rag picking rounds) outside the Health Centre. She had an enormous bandage around her big toe. When the nurse cajoled it loose, it protected a wound whose enormity can only be conjured by a child’s imagination.
Toe nurtured by understanding and encouraged by the trust that led to the bandage being abandoned, we closed a deal with her to attend the two-hour Walk In class in exchange for garbage worth 2 hours of ‘pheri’.
She hasn’t missed a day of school.