This book is a first person narrative non-fiction that chronicles the lives of institutionalised children and traces the evolution of an organization called Make A Difference (MAD) that works with them.
In 2006, MAD was founded to ensure equitable outcomes for institutionalised children. 2006 was also the year that Archana Rao-D’Cruz moved to Kochi, joined MAD as a volunteer teacher and began working at a street shelter for boys called Sneha Children’s Home. Working with the young MAD volunteers gave her an insight into the making of the current generation of Indians. It was inspiring to see the passion and commitment that young Indians were capable of and their willingness to take on the daunting task of rehabilitating 20 million Indian children who are in need of institutionalised care.
While this book is written primarily to bring the cause of institutionalised children into focus, it also shines the spotlight on those working relentlessly to make this a better world.
Archana Rao-D’Cruz grew up in Mumbai and has lived in different places in India. Her work with institutionalized children, as a volunteer teacher with Make A Difference (MAD), has inspired Archana to share her experiences and write her debut book. Archana lives in Kochi with her husband and two sons.