She came, she saw, and she fell in love with the children of Kota, a small city in the desert state of Rajasthan.
Meet Juleha, a Turkish woman from Ankara who has made Kota her home for the past two years, having left behind a high-paying job and her well-to-do Canada-based family.
The children Juleha has fallen in love with are those with learning disabilities. She not only works for their betterment but also teaches them, and she does all this out of sheer love and concern for them, not money.
Juleha's tryst with Kota began on Facebook where she met Sarvesh, a local resident. At the time, Sarvesh was helping children with learning and other disabilities in Kota. Incidentally, Juleha was also working with children with disabilities at a rehabilitation centre in Turkey.
During one of their conversations, Sarvesh talked about his work and invited her to visit Kota to help the children, as there was no guidance programme available for them.
Juleha accepted the invitation and came to India in 2015. While working with the 800-odd children at the centre in Kota, she fell in love with Sarvesh, and the two got married.
Today, the couple is happy helping bring cheer to the children with disabilities and their families. The centre is yet to have any arrangement for the rehabilitation of these children.
Talking about her journey, Juleha says,
I like this city and feel very satisfied after coming here. These children are my soul and I want to continue working for them selflessly.