We often fail to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens of the country and instead, blame the government for everything, big or small, that happens around us. But what this group of six kids from Kasarwadawali in Thane did will amaze you. The children took it upon themselves to fill the potholes of their locality, ensuring a safe path for their Ganpati.
On Monday six children- Himanshu Shinge, Veer Shinge, Bhakti, Pawan Goshte, Harsh Raut and Raj Raut- decided to do the authorities’ job. To give their Ganpati a safe ride, they filled 62 potholes and spots with missing paver blocks all by themselves by pooling in money from their savings.
These kids do not come from well-to-do families but their love for Ganpati overcame everything else. They put together all their meager savings to fill potholes and spots to ensure that Ganpati idols can be brought home safely, without causing any harm to anyone.
“Every time we play here, we fall and hurt ourselves because of potholes or missing paver blocks. We decided to fill them up for Ganpati so he would get a safe ride,” says 14-year-old Himanshu to Mid-day.
The teen came up with the idea of making a proper path and discussed it with five of his friends. The kids were then set on a mission to pave the path. They then made a list of materials that they would need.
“We asked a society member who works in construction for help, and got a gunny bag full of cement for Rs 300 from him. Then he helped us get small stones from his construction site, for which we paid Rs 100 and we bought sand for Rs 90,” Himanshu said.
Within two days, they filled 62 potholes and completed the task just a day before Ganapati. Incidents like these make us realize that children understand their responsibilities more than most adults and do everything in their capacity to build a better place for everyone.
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