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Arjun lives in one of Calcutta's many urban slums. For the first time in his life, he has the opportunity to attend school. His father earns a dollar a day pulling a rickshaw around city streets and has never received an education. He is grateful for the chance his son has to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor and ending the cycle of poverty for their entire family.
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Segment 1

FATHER
I am a rickshaw puller. I ride from morning until night.
RUHI PRASAD [Project Rhino]
That's one of the oldest means of earning a livelihood in Calcutta. The unfortunate part of it is that they earn not more than a dollar a day. These men are trying to feed families that run into five, ten people, so most of them have very tough lives.
FATHER
I don't want my son to pull a rickshaw like me.
RUHI PRASAD
If you have no money for education, what is your son going to do? So the child grows up seeing the father pulling the rickshaw, and for lack of having anything else to do he ends up doing the same job.
SISTER
My family is illiterate. Nobody in my family has ever gone to school.
ARJUN
I do chores, like go to the store, get water from the pond for rice, and buy the firewood.
RUHI PRASAD
You realize that if you don't bring education there, you're never going to be able to break this vicious cycle. You need an external force, and that's what we're trying to bring in with Project Rhino. We are trying to bring education to children.
SISTER
The first day of school he was afraid. But I told him to go to school and learn.
ARJUN
The first day of school I was scared. I didn't know anyone.
RUHI PRASAD
I think one of our biggest mistakes was not being prepared for the response. We were flooded with so many people. There is definitely a huge amount of potential. There are more than 100 students waiting to get in. We are not able to go in because of the resources. And that's hopefully our five-year plan, to be able to address and reach out to more people, more children.
ARJUN
I like going to school now. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor to help others.
FATHER
My son wants to be a doctor. This is my heart's desire.
TITLE
It costs one dollar a day to send Arjun to school. To send another child to school, visit www.projectrhino.com.