I was a very naughty boy and ran away from home to Howrah Station because my father used to chain me to the door. I stayed on Howrah Station for a long time. One night Tony Uncle brought me to Future Hope. When I first come here I was very sad, now I am happy. Tony Baba took me home to see my family. I saw my father and he took me to a shop and gave me a coke and some chips. Since then I go home to meet my parents and come back to Future Hope…. My father is an alcoholic. He used to beat us up after he drank. [At Future Hope] I will study hard and never run away. I will help others and lead a good life. Now I play cricket and football. I enjoy playing cricket on holidays when we go to Rajarhat. We play cricket the whole day. [His ambition is to become a professional cricketer and play for West Bengal and India] I will have to work very hard to make my dreams come true."
Note: To preserve the children's privacy, this is a library photo, taken on the streets of Kolkata in 2010