This girl went from the streets of Chennai to Brazil and won the gold at world street games

Her name is R. Hepzibah. She’s 16 years old and her mother sells flowers on the streets of Chennai. A few weeks ago she was just another poor child on the streets of India. But just a week ago she was representing India at the world street games competition in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She returned home with three medals including one gold in the field of athletics. Kudos to her and all involved in spotting her talent and sponsoring her.

“Having lived off the streets with inadequate shelter, Hepzibah has shown to the world that street children have their own talent and just require an opportunity to showcase it. I hope she, along with the other four kids, serve as an inspiration to others in society,” says her flower seller mother Arrayi.

She has made India proud. We need to thank Karunalaya, an NGO for street children in Tondiarpet, Chennai which knew about these games and spotting her talent. And of course all appreciation to her mother for supporting her all the way.

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