Inspirations: Reny George, 57

Photo: Jagdish NV

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Reformed Reformer

By Rohini Mohan

Every morning, for 14 years, Reny George woke up in his prison cell disgusted at who he was and what he had done. Desperate for another fix of heroin, George had killed an old couple for a few hundred rupees in his teens. “Jail was punishment, but not atonement,” says George. After serving his time, he started the Precious Children Home in 1996, a school in Bengaluru for juvenile delinquents and children of convicts. He started with 15 students and now, along with his wife and 14-year-old daughter, cares for 156 children. “I don’t want kids to suffer for the crimes their parents had committed,” says George. “They’re capable of so much, if given the right guidance.” Pooja, for instance, went from orphanage to orphanage after her father was imprisoned for murdering her mother. She was brought to the Home when she was three. Today, Pooja studies biology in a reputed college in the city, and wants to become a teacher when she graduates. Getting by on donations, the Precious Children Home has produced nurses, lab technicians, teachers and accountants. “After all, the son of a thief, if protected from the stigma, can become an engineer,” says George.



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