Pallavi and her brother Vishnu have been a part of Operation Shanti since our beginning on the streets of Mysore in 2005. Pallavi has always been a very happy, playful child, and she and brother Vishnu moved to Karunya Mane when it opened in 2008. Pallavi is a very sweet girl, a bit tomboyish, very adorable, and quite huggable. Born March 10, 2001.
Vishnu and his sister Pallavi have been with Operation Shanti since our beginning in 2005. Vishnu was born after we started Project Street, and he lived with his sister Pallavi and his mom Sushila on the streets. Vishnu moved with his sister Pallavi to Karunya Mane when it opened in 2008. Vishnu is a very mischievous boy – and he knows it! Born August 15, 2005.
Sumitra and her siblings Venkatesh, Prema, and Mohan, inspired the start of Operation Shanti's Project Street. Sumitra's mother Kumari is a flower vendor during the flower season and sells vegetables at other times of the year. Sumitra suffered from severe malnutrition and other health issues when she was a baby, and living on the streets did not help. She and her siblings moved to Karunya Mane in 2008 and Sumitra has improved tremendously in a more productive, supportive environment. Sumitra is quiet and very cute, and likes when mom visits. Sumitra attends a nearby private school and receives extra tutoring. Born May 14, 2000.
Operation Shanti met Prema in 2005, along with siblings Venkatesh and Sumitra. Prema came to live at our children’s home in 2008 and received special tutoring for a while because of her hearing loss resulting from years of living on the streets. Prema is smart and sensitive, and demonstrates excellent leadership skills. Born February 12, 1998.
Latha was one of the first street kids that Operation Shanti met in 2005. She used to live with her mom and dad on the streets of Mysore, before coming to stay at Karunya Mane in 2008. Her mom and dad were also street kids themselves and struggled to survive for years. Latha has a younger sister, Jyothi, who also moved to Karunya Mane in 2008. Latha is extremely kind and caring, and is a very good seamstress. Born April 5, 2001.
Yashavanth came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in August 2013 through one of our street moms. He lived in the bamboo makers’ slum in Mysore with his mom and younger sister in their grannie’s house. Yahsavanth’s father died in 2011, and mom struggles to take care of her two kids. Yashavanth adjusted very quickly to life at Karunya Mane and his new friends, and has demonstrated a good aptitude for studies. Born June 27, 2007.
Operation Shanti first met Sowmya and her brother Surya in 2005 on the streets of Mysore. They spent their days on the sidewalk playing while mom begged. A few years ago, they lost their shack during a storm and slept on the street for months until we helped them rent a house in their neighborhood. Sowmya and her two brothers, Surya and Darshan, now live at Karunya Mane. Sowmya, a quiet and very well-behaved girl, adjusted quickly to life at Karunya Mane, and mom visits her kids every month. Born June 1, 2005.
Operation Shanti first met Darshan and his mother Kavita in late 2005 on the streets of Mysore. Darshan spent most of his young life on the street and battled several health issues as a baby. Darshan is quite the character! He loves to tease, has a mischievous smile, and is very playful. Mom is very devoted to Darshan and his little brother, Umesh. Both boys attend private school and do well with their studies. Born April 27, 2005.
Jyothi has been with Operation Shanti from the beginning, in 2005. Her sister Latha was one of the first kids we met and Jyothi was born soon after that. Since birth and until moving to Karunya Mane in 2008, Jyothi was homeless and lived on the street with her sister Latha, mom Lakshmi, and dad Lakshman. Jyothi is very smart and very well behaved. Born June 18, 2005.
Operation Shanti met Devaraj when he was just five years old and living on the streets of Mysore with his mom Padma and his older brother Harish, who was eight at the time. Devaraj is a quiet boy, shy until you get to know him. He and Harish came to live at our children’s home in 2008 at mom’s insistence. Mom passed away in late 2008 and dad passed away many years ago. Devaraj enjoys cricket with his friends and studies well in school. Born January 3, 2001.
Darshan is little brother to Surya and Sowmya, and came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2010. Operation Shanti first met Darshan on the streets of Mysore when his mom used to beg. Darshan was a little baby at the time and sat with mom on her lap as Sowmya and Surya played on the sidewalk. Darshan, Sowmya, and Surya live at Karunya Mane. Don’t let his cherubic face fool you – Darshan is a true rascal, quite different from his quiet brother Surya, but is also an excellent student. Born February 21, 2007.
Divya and her dad lived near a restaurant when they heard about Operation Shanti’s Project Street, and dad brought Divya on his bicycle to meet us. They lived in a small rented a house in a nearby village but were evicted because of lack of money. Divya started first grade but rarely attended. She moved to Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008, started first grade, and has excelled each year in school. Divya is a very sweet, quiet girl who loves her dad very much. Born January 21, 2002.
Operation Shanti first met Surya and his little sister Sowmya in 2005 on the streets of Mysore. They spent their days on the sidewalk playing while mom begged. After they lost their shack in the slum during a storm and slept on the street for months, we helped them rent a house in their neighborhood. Surya and Sowmya came to live at Karunya Mane in 2008, and little brother Darshan came in early 2010. Surya is a top student at a very good private school. Born March 5, 2003.
Mohan is the youngest brother of Venkatesh, Prema, and Sumitra – one of the first then-homeless families that Operation Shanti met in 2005. Mom is a street vendor and dad was also a street vendor before passing away in 2007. Mohan, our Valentine’s Day boy, came to live at Karunya Mane in 2009 and is an outgoing, independent kid who loves karate and yoga. Born February 14, 2006.
Ameena lives in a village near Mysore. Her dad is a day laborer, and she has a brother and sister. Operation Shanti helps Ameena with school expenses and medication for her health issues. Ameema was born in 2005.
Pooja has lived at Operation Shanti’s children’s home since 2008, along with her brother Sharath and sister Shwetha. We first met Pooja and her family in 2005 in a slum near Gokulam. Pooja's mom worked as a housekeeper and faced a difficult life with her abusive husband, who passed away in 2015. Pooja is a thoughtful girl who does well in school and shows good leadership skills. Born October 13, 1999.
Shwetha is from a slum area in Mysore, where she lived with her mom, dad, and two older siblings, Sharath and Pooja. The three kids came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008. Shwetha has grown up into a tall, confident young woman. Shwetha is a sweet and kind girl with a mischievous streak, and is one of the top students in her class. Born March 15, 2002.
Operation Shanti met Raju on the streets of Mysore. He and mom came to the city each day from their village and mom begged. Raju came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2010. Raju is a very sweet and friendly boy, and has a gift for comedy performances. Born March 31, 2006.
Operation Shanti first met Umesh's mother and older brother Darshan in late 2005. Umesh was born in 2007 and as a baby was a very chubby little sumo wrestler! Umesh came to live at our children’s home in 2009, and is growing up to as a happy and healthy boy. He likes living at Karunya Mane with his brother Darshan, and mom Kavita visits them every month on parents’ visiting day. Born June 16, 2007.
Shantha M. (“Shanti")
Operation Shanti first met Shanti in 2008 when she was referred to us by Pallavi's mom. The mothers were neighbors in the slum and Shanti’s mom, who is a single parent, had difficulty raising her daughter alone. Shanti’s mom washes dishes at a small restaurant and wanted a better life for her daughter. Shanti came to live at Karunya Mane in 2008 and is a quiet, polite, and beautiful girl. She sometime struggles in school, having missed years of schooling when living in the slum, but she tries her best and is an excellent singer. Born May 10, 1998.
Lalitha is younger sister to Vinod, Netra, and Swarana, and they came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008. Before living at Karunya Mane, the kids rarely attended school. Lalitha is quiet, independent, and strong-willed, and has a great smile and cute dimples! Mom and dad visit Lalitha and her siblings every month. Born August 27, 2005.
Netra is the middle child in her family of six siblings and she moved to Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008 with her three siblings, Vinod, Swarana, and Lalitha. Her parents live in a slum and they could not support their family. When Netra first came to Karunya Mane, she was very shy and not confident enough to even hold a pencil. Today, she has a lot of friends in school and has blossomed into a very good student. Born September 15, 2000.
Swarana is the second youngest in her family of six siblings and has lived with Vinod, Netra, and Lalitha at Operation Shanti’s children’s home since 2008. Her parents live in a nearby slum and faced great difficulty supporting their kids, who rarely attended school. Swarana repeated first grade, and has done better in school since then. Swarana is very outgoing and active, and enjoys hanging out with her sisters at Karunya Mane. Born April 5, 2003.
Krutika is from a village about one hour from Mysore. Diagnosed in 2008 with childhood diabetes and needing daily insulin shots, Operation Shanti met Krutika in 2012 and has provided her with the monthly insulin injections that she needs since then. Her dad is a day laborer in construction. Born in 1997.
Zaidu used to live on the street with his mom Shahina, and brothers Ruman and Salman. Mom is alone and struggles to earn a living. Operation Shanti’s Project Street program assisted mom in renting a house and provides educational help to Zaidu
Vijayalakshmi is from a single-parent family, and she and her sister Vinutha were brought to Operation Shanti by a friend to assist them with furthering their education – they are quite intelligent girls. Mom faced many difficulties as a single parent and often had nobody to help her take care of her girls. Vijayalakshmi and Vinutha came to live with us at Karunya Mane in 2009. Vijayalakshmi is a very smart girl and has consistently excelled in school over the years. Born November 4, 2002.
Vinutha is Vijayalakshmi’s little sister, and both girls came to stay at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2009. Mom is a single parent who lives in a slum area of Mysore, and she struggled to work and take care of her daughters. Vinutha is a very intelligent, very outgoing girl. Born November 4, 2002.
Manu, along with his older sisters Suma, Manjula, and Renuka, came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2010 after his mother, a street vendor, passed away. Kumari, another of our mothers, referred the kids to Karunya Mane because they had nowhere else to go. Manu is a great kid with a cute smile and mischievous personality. Manu does well in school and enjoys English and Science. Born June 1, 2006.
Operation Shanti first met Thanmaye in 2009 when she was brought to us by social workers who found her living at a bus station with her mom. Thanmaye had a very difficult childhood living on the streets of Mysore but has grown up to be a bright, cheerful, and super-cute girl. Thanmaye improves every year in school and is one of our top students. Born May 1, 2005.
R. Venkatesh (“Venky”)
Little Venkatesh was born to homeless teenage parents. Dad passed away in 2012 and mom was unable to care for little Venky. During his first three years, Venky was raised by his grannie, Kaveriamma, who was also homeless. After Venky came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2012, grannie passed away. Mom visits her son and takes a real interest in his life. Little Venky is best friends with little Jeevan, and both are quite mischievous in their own ways. Born February 16, 2009.
Operation Shanti met little Adarsh when he was about two years old when social workers in Mysore brought him to us. Nobody knew his name, so our kids named him “Adarsh,” which means “perfection” or “ideal.” Adarsh is a very quiet boy and the sweetest little guy – we love him so much! Mom has since reappeared and sometimes visits him at Karunya Mane, where he happily lives. Adarsh attends a nice private school in our neighborhood. Born July 23, 2007.
Little Vishnu came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in November 2010. Before living at Karunya Mane, Vishnu lived in a shack in a slum in Mysore with his mom, dad, older sister Shilpa, and younger brother Jeevan. The home situation was very difficult, and mom and dad (who passed away in 2012) had trouble finding work. After moving to Karunya Mane, Vishnu's health improved tremendously. Born June 4, 2007.
Operation Shanti met Mahesh, his mom, and older brother Raju on the streets of Mysore. Mom was a beggar and brought her two little boys with her to the city from their shack in the village. Older brother Raju is living at Operation Shanti’s children’s home and mom wants to keep Mahesh with her in her house, so we help her with his educational expenses. Mom and Mahesh visit Raju every month.
Soni was born in January 2010. Operation Shanti met her mom and older brothers on the streets of Mysore, where they lived because their father had another family and would not take them in. Mom suffers from health issues but Soni is quite healthy and is attending school near their home that they now rent.
Operation Shanti met Prajwal through his mom, who was a housekeeper with us, and they lived in the nearby village. After mom died in November 2010, Prajwal came to live at Karunya Mane. Dad was not around. Prajwal is a top student in school and has good leadership skills. Born October 29, 2001.
Operation Shanti first met Shilpa in 2010 through her cousin, who also lived at Karunya Mane. Shilpa lived in a slum with her parents (her dad passed away in 2012) and did not attend school because she watched her little brothers when mom went looking for work. Her younger brother, Vishnu, moved to Karunya Mane in November 2010, and Shilpa and Jeevan came in April 2011. Shilpa is an outstanding student in school. Born May 6, 2004.
Operation Shanti met Pavan in 2010 through social workers who asked us to admit him to our children’s home. Pavan lived in a small village with his mom and attended a government school before coming to stay with us. He could not read or write, even though he was in the 6th grade. We enrolled him in school and gave him extra academic support. Over the years, Pavan has worked hard on his studies and is consistently one of the top students. Mom visits every month and is pleased that he is doing well. Pavan is a really great kid, a good all-around citizen and always willing to help out. Born July 9, 2000.
Suma came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in July 2010 with her sisters Manjula and Renuka, and little brother Manu after their mom, a street vendor, died. They lived on the streets for a while, and their father was not willing to take them in after mom died. Suma is a very quiet girl and, although behind in school before coming to Karunya Mane, she took her schoolwork seriously and secured a spot in a very good college. Born November 15, 1997.
Manjula came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in July 2010 with her sisters Suma and Renuka, and little brother Manu, after their mom, a street vendor, died. They lived on the streets for a while, and their father was not willing to take them in after mom died. Manjula is a very smart young woman and her behavior and attitude have improved tremendously over the years. She also has a beautiful yoga practice and is majoring in science. Born October 17, 1999.
Renuka came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2010 after her mother, a street vendor, passed away. Kumari, another of our moms, referred Renuka, her sisters Suma and Manjula, and her little brother Manu to us. Renuka is an excellent student and is very outgoing and friendly. Born June 20, 2002.
Operation Shanti first met Mamatha in 2010 when she was brought to us by a social worker. Her mother died suddenly, and no other family members wanted to take her in. When Mamatha lived with her mom, she enjoyed a nice childhood even though they were very poor. Mom took good care of her daughter and Mamatha often talks about how she cooked with her and helped with the household chores. Mamatha has since blossomed into a very talented and smart girl, and is a top student in school. Born May 27, 2000.
Operation Shanti met Jeevan when he arrived at Karunya Mane in 2011 with his older sister Shilpa. Mom and dad (who died in 2012) collected paper and cardboard scraps to sell, or worked odd jobs when they could get them, and they struggled to feed their kids. Jeevan’s older brother Vishnu was staying at Karunya Mane and mom asked us to take in Jeevan and Shilpa so they could both get an education and have a chance at a good future. Jeevan is very smart and attends an excellent private school. Born November 25, 2009.
Chinmaye is Thanmaye’s little sister, and came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2014. Both mom and dad suffer from health issues and faced difficulties raising Chinmaye in their slum neighborhood. Chinmaye is growing up nicely, is quite an independent girl, and likes to play with her friends Dhanalakshmi and Nagarathna. Born April 28, 2010.
Bhuvan Singh Dhami
Operation Shanti met Bhuvan in 2013 when his father, who works at our neighbor, People for Animals, asked us to let Bhuvan attend our after-school tutoring sessions, so that he did not spend time in the slums. Bhuvan and his family are from Nepal and their village was damaged during the earthquake. Aside from being cute and funny, Bhuvan is quite a smart little boy, and he attends a very good private school with a few of our other kids. Born September 30, 2006.
Nagarathna came to stay at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2014 at the request of her mom, who faced difficulties at home and had two other little ones to care for. When Nagarathna came to us at seven years of age, she was very thin for her height and could not read or write. With extra tutoring, Nagarathna quickly caught up to her grade level and has gained weight. Born August 27, 2007.
Operation Shanti met Dhanalakshmi in 2014 when her mother asked us to give her an education. Mom, who is illiterate, had a difficult time taking care of her daughter but wanted her to go to a good school. In addition to being a sweet and good little girl, Dhanalakshmi quickly picked up reading and writing and is an excellent student. Born June 3, 2008.
Anusha came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in early 2015 at the request of her mother, a single parent who had difficulty taking care of her daughter in the slum area where they lived. Mom works at a nearby restaurant and has health issues. Anusha is a very sweet, cute girl who is happy and pensive and loves arts and crafts projects. She attends a special school, and brings a smile to everyone she meets. Born January 12, 2004.
A social worker brought Nanjunda to Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2015 because his previous shelter home was sending home their boys over the age of 12, but Nanjunda has no parents or home—just one grandmother. Nanjunda is a great kid and is doing better in school every year. He is quiet and mostly shy, but also enjoys his friends at our home and at school. Nanjunda’s grandmother visits every month, and is happy to be able to consistently see her grandson. Born June 1, 2004.
Operation Shanti met Sitaram and his family in July 2015, after Sitaram had an accident and was hospitalized for four months, leaving his already poor family with even less than what they had. Lakshman, Bharath, and Sitaram, along with mom and dad, came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home. Mom and dad are laborers from Bihar, and worked construction jobs in Karnataka for years. Sitaram is a smart, funny teenager who works hard and is always willing to help out. Born February 1, 1999.
Operation Shanti met Lakshman in mid-2015, when his family was homeless and needed help. Lakshman, Bharath, and Sitaram, along with mom and dad, came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home after Sitaram had a devastating accident. Mom and dad are laborers from Bihar, and lost everything when Sitaram was hospitalized for four months after the accident. They then came to stay with us. Lakshman is a very cute, friendly, and bright boy who enjoys playing with his friends and helping out where he can. Born October 4, 2009.
Operation Shanti met little Bharath in mid-2015, when his family was homeless and needed help. Lakshman, Bharath, and Sitaram, along with mom and dad, came to live at our children’s home after Sitaram had a devastating accident. Mom and dad are laborers from Bihar, and lost everything when Sitaram was hospitalized for four months after the accident. They then came to stay with us. Bharath is quite a happy boy and very outgoing and friendly. Bharath started school when he arrived at our home. Born November 1, 2010.
Operation Shanti met Rashmi in late 2015 when her mother asked us to admit her to our children’s home. Mom is single and they lived in a slum area of Mysore, where life is not always safe for growing girls. Rashmi’s mother learned about Operation Shanti’s children’s home through the mother of one of our other girls. Rashmi is quite a good dancer, and is improving in her studies. Born January 4, 2003.
Akash is the littlest brother to Shilpa, Jeevan, and Vishnu, and after his father died, mom placed him with a children’s home for under six-year-olds. When Akash turned four, mom asked Operation Shanti to take him in so that he could grow up with his siblings. Initially quiet and subdued, Akash is now outgoing and very playful, and enjoys his babysitters and playing with cars. Born January 21, 2012.
Operation Shanti met Joel in 2016 through the government women’s and children’s department, who needed to find a good home for him. Joel is a sweet, very well-behaved boy who enjoys playing with his new friends at Karunya Mane. He’s well liked by everyone and has improved a lot in his studies. Born June 21, 2006.
Abhilasha (“Asha”) was one of the first kids that Operation Shanti met in 2005. She and her mother lived on the streets for years, and when we opened Karunya Mane in 2008, she came to stay with us. After a couple of years with us, we enrolled Asha in a boarding school for high school, and she subsequently went on to receive her BComm degree in 2016. Asha lives with her husband Venkatesh in Mysore, and they are doing well.
Venkatesh and siblings Prema, Sumitra, and Mohan, were the first kids that Operation Shanti met on the streets of Mysore in 2005. Venkatesh came to stay at Karunya Mane when he was 12 years old, and stayed for three years until he decided such a lifestyle was not for him. He returned to live with his mother, and he works and cares for her given her severe health issues. Venkatesh is a responsible young man who works hard and, therefore, is never lacking work. Asha and Venkatesh got married in 2017. Born October 20, 1996.
Operation Shanti first met Nanjunda in 2005 when he lived on the streets with his mom and grannie, and his cousins Venkatesh, Prema, Sumitra, and Latha. He had a difficult early childhood, and then moved to Karunya Mane in 2008. Nanjunda lived at Karunya Mane until 2014, when he went to live with his mother and grandmother in their village. Nanjunda is a very smart boy, wears his heart on his sleeve, and is that special mix of outgoing and shy. Born September 1, 2004.
Operation Shanti met Harish when he was eight years old and living on the streets of Mysore with his mom Padma and younger brother Devaraj. Harish is a serious young man, and often has a pensive look on his face. Dad died a long time ago, and mom passed away in October 2008, after her boys moved to Karunya Mane. As a child, Harish swept the floors at a store to earn money, and had not attended school until he came to Karunya Mane. In 2016, Harish left Karunya Mane after passing 12th grade, and has a good job in the city. Born August 29, 1997.
Operation Shanti met Manikanta in early 2006, along with his friends Harish, Sreenivasa, Venkatesh, and Nanjunda. Manikanta stayed on the streets most of the time and frequently ran away from home because his parents beat him for not bringing home adequate money. Manikanta moved to Karunya Mane in 2008 and started school at that time, at the age of nine. He passed 10th grade in 2014 and left our home to find work in the city. Born October 23, 1999.
Lokesh's younger sister, Amita came to Karunya Mane after her parents initially wouldn't allow her to—we suspect because she helped with household chores, as is often the case for girls who live in the slums. Amita stayed at Karunya Mane for one year, and then went back home to stay with her parents. Born November 23, 1996.
Sharath came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008, along with his younger sisters Pooja and Shwetha. Operation Shanti first met Sharath and his family in 2005 when they lived in a slum near Gokulam, a neighborhood in Mysore. Mom was the sole earner of the family – father did little to help out. Mom eventually left him and sought safety for her kids at Karunya Mane. Sharath passed 10th grade in 2016 and went home to live and continue his education at a vocational training school. Born April 10, 1998.
Operation Shanti first met Vinod’s family in 2008 through one of our street mothers who knew their father, as both worked as street vendors. At the time, Vinod rarely attended school and lived in an outlying slum area of Mysore. Vinod and his younger sisters Netra, Swarana, and Lalitha came to live at Karunya Mane in 2008 because their parents had difficulty feeding them and their grandparents. In 2016, Vinod went home to continue his education there. Born June 30, 1999.
Operation Shanti first met Sadiq and his family in 2009 when their father's health was suffering and he was unable to care for his kids. Mom passed away a few years earlier, leaving him alone to care for Sadiq, little brother Razak, and older sister Arabia. The three children came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2010 and adjusted well. After father’s health and financial position improved, he took his kids back home in 2015, where they continued their education. Sadiq shows great interest in yoga and karate and is a good student, and he has an enthusiasm for the books that most parents would be proud of. Born May 18, 2002.
Operation Shanti first met Razak and his family in 2009 when their father's health was suffering and he was unable to care for his kids. Mother passed away a few years earlier, leaving him alone to care for Razak, his older brother Sadiq, and older sister Arabia. The three children came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2010 and stayed for five years. After father’s health and financial condition improved, they returned to live with him and their stepmother. Born April 10, 2003.
We first met Arabia and her family in 2009 when her father's health was suffering and he was unable to care for his kids. Mother passed away a few years earlier, leaving him alone to care for Arabia and her younger brothers, Razak and Sadiq. Arabia, who came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in mid-2010, is very sweet and guileless. Arabia is also thoughtful and conscientious beyond her years. Arabia’s father’s health and financial situation improved in 2015, and his children went to live with him and step-mom. Born May 23, 2001.
Before coming to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in May 2010, Kartik lived with his dad in a cowshed in a village about an hour from Mysore. We met Kartik on the streets of Mysore, where dad was a street vendor selling trinkets to tourists. Kartik is a quiet boy who enjoys drawing and playing cricket with his friends. In late 2014, Kartik went to live with his aunt in the village, as she was encouraging him to stay at her house. Born May 22, 2002.
Padmanabha came to Operation Shanti’s children’s home in January 2013. He lost his mother, father, sister, and grandfather (who cared for him after his parents died) and had nowhere else to go. Padmanabha attended school with our other kids and was very well liked. In late 2015, Padmanabha and an uncle decided that he should return to live in their home. Born September 1, 2001.
Nanjunda was one of the first boys that Operation Shanti met on the street, and he hung out everyday with his good friends Venkatesh, Harish, Sreenivasa, and Lokesh. A few months after Nanjunda’s mother died in 2008, he came to live at Karunya Mane. After graduating from 10th grade, Nanjunda left our home in 2012. For a while, he struggled but subsequently obtained consistent work an autorickshaw driver in the city. Born April 6, 1995.
Lokesh and his sister Amita lived in a slum in Mysore, and frequented the street where our other kids—their friends—lived, as their mother was a roadside vendor who sold flowers and vegetables. Lokesh came to live at Operation Shanti’s children’s home in 2008 to further his education and left after three years, after graduating from 10th grade. Lokesh works in the city at a welder’s shop. Born September 23, 1994.
Orphaned in 2007 when his mom died, Sreenivasa lived on the street with his brother Krishna for years, selling pens and other trinkets to earn enough money for food. Operation Shanti met Sreenivasa in 2006 and got to know him and his group of friends. Sreenivasa is a happy, mild-mannered individual with a good head on his shoulders. Sreenivasa came to Karunya Mane in 2008, started his education at that time, and completed 12th grade in 2014. Sreenivasa has a steady job in the city working for a small businessman. Born June 25, 1996.