For Devi, a 16 year old girl from Bangalore, whose entire universe was one kilometer radius around the Sanyasi Kunte slum where she lived, a visit to the DRIK Viveka campus was a revelation. All she had seen or known in her life before that was the dehumanizing living conditions and appalling social justice issues that shrouded her very being
Standing on the 40 acre campus she shouted to the heavens joyously.
“Where the sky is my roof, the mountains my boundaries, and the lake the mirror of my future, there may I learn the Truth of myself and of a society where every child has the right to a childhood.” Devi stood on a mound of brown earth at the DRIK-Viveka campus, pivoted around on her feet like a spinning top, hands swinging in gay abandon and hair flying in the air. Gasping for breath in awe of what she saw around her she said “thank you so much for showing me a world outside of my slum, that I did not know existed for real. I feel the magnitude of that huge mountain within me. I suddenly feel big inside.”