Radha is a beautiful little girl who dances like a Bollywood star,
With has the loveliest smile and the gentlest of persona,
The last time I saw I think she had had 42 fractures,
She has a form of brittle bone disease,
Her home in the slums isn’t safe for her to be sometimes,
Any slight accident or someone tripping over,
Other kids playing might knock Radha and cause a fracture.
One day I went to her home to take her to the doctor,
The home was a two metre square shack only about a metre high,
Five members of the family live their,
It was a deeply moving thing to see,
For this gentle and fragile girl to be sat inside in the dark,
An honour for her to trust me to carry her and have her on my lap,
The long journey in silence, I felt her nervousness,
Trips to the doctor usually associated with pain.
Over time Radha trusted me more and I was given a task,
Every day to bring her down the many steps,
From the Project Why classroom,
To put her in the rickshaw home,
Immensely aware not to trip or slip,
The shiny, dusty, marble steps need care,
Project Why gives care to kids like this,
She can’t walk, her bones are bent and warped,
If she stayed at home she would be at risk of more fracture,
So every day she is looked after by the school,
Every measure taken to make her safe.
Project Why takes care of special ones.