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‘I work only to get medicines for my father’ – Raju, a child worker

Raju, a child worker who sells light sticks (balloons with lights) on the streets of Bahu Plaza in Gandhinagar, Jammu, says he does all this for his ill father. Raju’s father worked as a mason but got injured 6 years back. Being a total of five siblings, two of them work for the family expenses while rest of them are pursuing their education.

Raju said “My father injured his back 6 years ago and till now he hasn’t recovered. He is diabetic and has other problems too. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Me and my elder brother work for the house expenses. He operates CNC machines in Pune. The other 3 siblings study. Along with work, I’ve balanced my studies and I study in a Government School.”

“These light sticks attract children and they buy it. On an average we earn 700-800 rupees per day but around 600 rupees is spent in buying medicines for my Father. I work only to get his medicines. I dream of becoming a businessman after my studies. Hopefully, I become one.” He added.

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Raju isn’t just a child worker but he’s become a live example of strength, patience and hard work. At an age when children demand things from their parents, Raju is running the household. Instead of playing video games, he’s selling balloons. Keeping all his comforts aside, he just works for a better health of his Parents and siblings. The generation needs such stories to get inspired and understand what life is! Let’s support Raju and his family and help them lead a better life.

Muskan Langoo, News Producer, JK Media

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