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Street Children to Star Children

Street Children to Star Children

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Published by Eric Fairman
Working with vulnerable Street Children of Kathmandu (Nepal).
Working with vulnerable Street Children of Kathmandu (Nepal).

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Published by: Eric Fairman on Jun 07, 2013
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‘STREET CHILDREN’ to ‘STAR CHILDREN’
I was just reading some of the writings of the naturalist Loren Eiseley(1907-1977) in which he conveys to his reader, a sense of wonder forthe natural world and the immensity of time and space. Here was aman who would quietly meditate on these natural wonders.Amongst one of his many publications is ‘
The Star Thrower’
(1978)
in which he tells the following story.
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in mywork, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as hewalked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on thesand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. there werethousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One manalone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked upthe next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makesa difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”  Loren Eiseley
 
This beautiful but simple tale, has been told and retold in manyformats over the years. I would like to make an analogy between
‘The Star Thrower’
, the starfish stranded on the bare sand and thestranding on the bare streets of the world’s cities of 
‘StreetChildren’
….and the roles of you and I! Are we potential
‘StarThrowers’
?A friend asked me not so long ago why I involved myself in thedifficult task of helping Street Children, when in Nepal alone therewere somewhere in the region of 5–6,000. One thousand plus of whom are in the city of Nepal. There was no way in which I wouldbe able to have any significant input. But she was wrong!

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