Authorized to Grow
Mohan, a 16-year-old Delhi kid lives in a small independent room in Nev Sarai. He loves to skateboard and has become the natural leader among all others who love to skate. He thinks before saying, and knows what his heart wants. He spends most of his time skateboarding, and helping others to skate.
Every bit of this can be credited to his father. He lives in the next independent room and works as a labor in the glass market. Income is not much, and he could easily have Mohan stay with him. But he has learned more from nature and experience than most of us.
He says “Chidiya bhi chooze ko chonch maarke ghosle se bahar nikal deti h jab wo bada hone lagta hai (a bird pecks its chicks out of the nest when they start growing).” He believes a child cannot learn unless he makes his own mistakes. Mohan will learn from his experience. He likes to skate, it’s good! Physical activity is essential at his age. I grew in a village in Nepal, we had a lot to do. He doesn’t have much to do except skateboarding.
Mohan was not really interested in studying and his father understood this. He doesn’t pressurize Mohan and lets him make his own decision. He was very happy that Mohan was more interested in his studies ever since he came back from the Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Exchange Program. While on our way back from Janwaar, I was talking to them about their studies. They never thought it to be important until now. Watching the Janwaar kids communicate in English and doing so many other stuff than just skateboarding inspired to learn. They made a promise to themselves to pay attention to their studies and learn.
Even with all the freedom he has given to Mohan, he is still his father. It’s not easy to send a 16-year-old to Madhya Pradesh all by himself. Even though he himself ran away from Nepal to work in Delhi around the same age, he says, only a father can understand his position. Every day, he tries hard overcomes his parental fears and teaches Mohan to be independent. He wants his son to go to Madhya Pradesh in November to compete in the 1st Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Challenge but his emotions inhibit to say an instant yes.
I know for sure he will be ready when the time comes.
But this is just one side of the story. There are many Mohans in the different parts of India who would love to participate in this Challenge, but can’t, because they do not have money.
These kids need help. If you like to sponsor a kid to this Challenge, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.