Playing softball for India
- Date: 24/03/2016
- In: India
A former street-child who’s been in Railway Children's care for seven years has travelled to Australia to represent India in the Pacific International Softball Competition. The Indian team reached the quarter-finals of the competition and missed the semi-finals by just one point.
Arjun was seven years old when Railway Children's local partners found him sleeping rough at a railway station in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He hadn’t eaten for two days. He’d run away from his alcoholic and abusive parents.
It wasn’t safe for Arjun to go home so he's been taken care of ever since – and reunited with his two brothers.
Now 15, Arjun excels at softball, cricket, football and martial arts. He’s competed at district, state and national level. Railway Children were so proud when he was selected for the India schools’ softball team.
Staff at the home where Arjun lives have celebrated his successes and nurtured his talents every step of the way. They said: “It’s a great challenge for a boy to make such a tough journey from railway platform to an international level competition.”
Arjun said: "I’m very excited that I got this opportunity. I am grateful to all the staff and especially thanks to Railway children for supporting Jeevodaya and helping children who need care and protection like me."