This Diwali, Light Up A Future | The Quint Brings Stories of Hope

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(This story was first published on 20 October and is being republished from The Quint's archives on the occasion of Diwali.)

Leave the crackers – and light up a future this festive season. The Quint brings you stories of HOPE for our Dil Wali Diwali campaign. Write to us at to find out how you can support those who need it the most. 

Chandni was only 5 when her father died and she started living in slums, picking up trash to support her family.

Mitesh lost his family at 13, and an arm to cancer at 15.

They both led their lives with courage, perseverance, hope and kept going even when it was easy to give up.

Now, Chandni is 25, running an NGO, Voice of Slums, for kids like her and supporting their education. Mitesh overcame his disability and now runs a pav bhaji stall to fulfil his father's dreams.

I was afraid after I lost my arm. What will I do? How will I earn money? But now I feel there's nothing I can't do. I won't ever give up, I will keep working till I am alive. If my father were alive, he'd feel proud that I am doing work of 4-5 people, all by myself and running his food stall.
Mitesh, Pav Bhaji seller
Voice of slum is changing lives. We are helping these kids believe that it is not necessary if you are born in a family of ragpickers, you will also be a ragpicker. You too can do something big. I have lived a difficult life but it helps me today in standing strong in the face of difficulties.
Chandni, Founder, Voice of Slums

Every month Chandni struggles to pay salaries of the teachers at Voice of Slums, school fees of the kids, rent of the school building - but she manages by not keeping anything for herself.

For Mitesh and his family, the earnings from his pav bhaji stall hardly cover their expenses. They are not able to save any money after spending on the items to prepare food for the stall, their son's education, house rent, etc.

We urge you to be a part of The Quint’s ‘Dil Wali Diwali’. Your Diwali gift can make a difference.

Your donations can help Chandni in her mission to save slum kids from a life of rag picking and Mitesh to support his family.

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