It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.
Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.
The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.
Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.
There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.
Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.
One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.
Promises to those who do the First Friday devotion:
I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
I will establish peace in their families.
I will console them in all their pains and trials.
I will be their assured refuge in life and especially in death..
I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
Lukewarm souls will become fervent.
Fervent souls shall rise to greater perfection.
I will bless those homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
I will give to priests the gift of moving the hardest of hearts.
Persons, who propagate this devotion, shall have their names inscribed on My Heart, never to be effaced from it.
For more information on the devotion: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=876
Little monks having a snowfight in Shaolin Monastery Henan, China
The bottom line is pray. If you’re tired, sick, emotionally overwhelmed—pray. If you’re on cloud nine and life seems perfect—pray. If you lack direction—pray. If you doubt that prayer makes any difference—pray. If the circumstances of your life are out of your control—pray. If the circumstances of your life seem well within you’re your control—pray even harder. Whatever you do—pray.
- Tony Evans (via itsallaboutchrist)