Law graduate recalls his journey from orphanage to US, vows help for kids
"I am a success story but I am done, I am finished. It's not about me anymore. Today, I am here to help these children...to teach them how to wash hands, how to keep cleanliness, how to use computers. I am here to give them hope," he says in an accent that is unfamiliar to most of the children looking curiously at him in amazement.
But that accent didn't come on Indian American Amar's way to communicate with the crowd consisting about 70 orphan children and several prestigious guests including retired Justice R A Mehta who is set to become Gujarat's Lokayukta at Children's Protection Home (an orphanage-cum-juvenile detention center) in Khanpur on Saturday.
Mehta and others were present to listen to the story of 22-year-old Amar and his journey from this orphanage to Indiana in the United States.
It was in 1989 when Indiana-based Cardiologist Vijay Dave, originally from Idar in north Gujarat, came to know that a three-day-old baby boy was found abandoned in Ahmedabad by the police.
"The baby was only three-day-old who was dumped by some unidentified persons. He was here in this children's protection home, suffering from diarrhea and dehydration. A friend asked me if I was interested in adopting him. I agreed and took him home and named him Amar," Dr Dave recalled.
Amar is now a law graduate and currently pursuing a course in Health Care Policy and Financing in Washington DC. He has recently done an internship of a volunteer at the US Congress in Washington DC. "I don't remember anything of the past. I only remember visiting here in 1999. Today it's like a family pilgrimage for me," he said adding that he plans to collect some funds and bring computers for the children to secure their future.
According to Dave, when Amar was three or four years old he informed him that they were not his biological parents.