NEW DELHI (AP) — “their classroom is a flattened patch of dirt and rocks under the elevated rail tracks. their blackboards are rectangles painted on a chipped concrete wall. their teacher is a shop owner with no formal training, but a conviction that education is their only hope.
“for some of these dozens of children of poor migrant workers in India’s capital, this makeshift, open-air school under the rumble ofis the only school they have. others who attend overcrowded and dismal government schools come here as well — to actually learn. here they are provided thanks to a single benefactor with free backpacks, socks and shoes
“india’s right to education act promising free, compulsory schooling to all children ages 6 to 14 was supposed to take full effect march 31, 2013, but millions of children still don’t go to school and many who do are getting only the barest of educations.
“so every morning, more than 50 children gather under the bridge for two hours of lessons at rajesh kumar’s informal school. they sweep the dirt flat and roll out foam mats to sit on, just meters from the bushes were several men had been squatting and defecating minutes earlier.”
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98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
though a well known fixture around several of the city’s chruches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.
there’s still good in this world
A Mom went to have dinner with her son who lives with his roommate.
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how handsome his roommate was. She had been suspicious about her sons sexuality but being a good mother she felt that he would let her know if and when the time was right but seeing the two together just made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the interaction between the two she wondered even more if there was more here than meets the eye. Her son, sensing his mothers watchfully eye volunteered, “really Mom, I can tell what you’re thinking and you can just get it out of your mind, we are just roommates and nothing more”.
About a week later the roommate remarked, “ever since your mother was here the silver serving platter has been missing, do you think she took it?”
He responded, “Well I’m sure she didn’t but I will email her and ask just to be sure” he sat down and wrote:
I’m not saying you did take the silver platter from the house and I am not saying you didn’t take it but the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
A couple days later he got a response from his mother:
I am not saying that you do sleep with your roommate and I am not saying that you don’t sleep with him and you know I love you and could care less either way but the fact remains that if he was sleeping in his own bed he would have found the platter under his pillow.
When are the two of you coming for dinner?