In 2011, Gulshan (13 years old) and his sister Priti (seven years old) were referred to the GVC by Rajani (Supervisor) at the Directorate of Women & Child in Panjim. These children came from a troubled home of domestic violence and malnutrition and illiteracy. Their father was a labourer and an alcoholic whilst their mother held casual work cleaning homes. The children needed urgent assistance to be removed from the home environment into a boarding school where they could, at the very least have an education.
The GVC approached two organizations that had facilities for boarding and education for children. Priti was accepted by Mother Teresa’s Roses and Gulshan St. Anthony’s school in Mapuca. The GVC made monthly payments to the organizations towards expenses associated with the boarding and education of both children.
Gulshan joined Year 8 in 2011 and was promoted to Year 9. In 2012, in Year 9 he failed his final exam in two subjects and had to repeat the year.