Athira was bought to Santhwanam while begging in the bus. They were nomads. Both of her parents died in accidents and her siblings were shattered in the street. Her father Selven who had gone to catch tortoise, was drowned and her mother Mallika started living with other man. He was a drunkard and he assaulted them all brutally and sent them for begging. When it became unbearable, the children drifted away in to different directions. Rajeswari was the first to go out- then Chithira and Sethu. A fter sometime Mallika had a mysterious death of burning. Athira was taken by Mallika’s relatives. But they sent her for begging. If she got less money, he used to beat her. When Athira was found begging in Kottayam she was found by the police and bought to Santhwanam. From here she started to go to school for the first time. Now she is in 9th class. After 6 years Santhwanam made it possible to trace her siblings from Trivandrum and Kochi in different orphanages.