April

Change the Society – Educate a Child

April 23, 2018
Illiteracy has severe undesirable effects on the society and about 30% of Indian population continues to receive no education. The lack of education keeps us pinned to the ground and keeps us from growing. The development of the society as a whole is eschewed and there are many deleterious effects that creep in within the social order.
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Child Labour Has No Place In The Society

April 20, 2018
Young child walking on the tightrope

Trying hard to work his way to survival
Image credit: Maitrey More

With millions of children involved, India is a hotbed of child labour. Children are forced to work because there is no other alternative. The circumstances imposed on them through poverty are the reason why they are forced into labour.

Even though there are several awareness programs the decline in an overall percentage of child labour is very less. Each day more and more children are faced with forced labour denying them the right to a normal childhood where they can go to school and play around with their friends.

With a childhood that is deprived of the most basic joys of being a child, harms both their mental and physical growth. Poverty is the leading cause of child labour. Following it is illiteracy which is the darkest of vices in the Indian society. There are cultural and ethnic causes too which need to be tackled with care.

Although we are aware about child labour being a cognizable misdemeanour we don’t refrain from employing children for household work or other odd jobs at our homes.

These unfortunate children need help. The government hasn’t been able to reach several places and it is us who can be a comfort to these children. Improving access to education and eliminating the obstacles to schooling can help eradicate this cruel practice of child labour.

There needs to be a change in the attitude, a change which needs to come from within and a change which may take long to make an impact but then there is no evil that is recalcitrant enough when we unite against it.

Feeding children at school can work miracles. Not only do these children get education but they can go back with a full stomach without having to worry about working to feed themselves.

All we need is to muster courage and belief to act in commonality and ensure every child’s right to their childhood. Temple of India aims to reach out to these children who live a dismal life where they are coerced into working at a tender age. We will join hands with every willing Indian and carve out a brighter, more secure future for these children. Are you with us?

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The Importance of Literacy

April 19, 2018
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Young boy studying by himself at the fields
Image credits: Prabhat Pandey

Being illiterate is not a choice. The lack of basic education deprives people of numerous things. Most of them are unemployed. As an alternative to feed their family they resort to begging while the others go ahead with criminal activities. This is because such people are unable to manage employment tasks which necessitate reading skills.

The future of the illiterate is jeopardized and this has a scourging effect on our society. The problem of illiteracy leads to several other problems in the society and one of them is hunger. Whilst we sit together with our family and enjoy a three course meal, there are millions in India who cannot afford a single meal in a day. There is so much food that goes into our dustbin.

I bet there is atleast one that could have filled his stomach with food that you and I would have wasted yesterday.

Mahatma Gandhi knew there were millions who wanted food more than anything else. He said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

Giving back to the society is an altruistic act. Knowing that atleast one child will go to school or one person will not sleep empty stomach gives an inherent feeling of satisfaction.

All we need to do is take a step and begin somewhere – let us not forget the ocean was made when the seas merged, the seas came together with rivers, small streams fashioned the rivers and rain drops collectively formed the streams. Without the rain drops the oceans would never have formed.

A famous American businessman A.G. Gaston said, “Money is no good unless it contributes something to the community, unless it builds a bridge to a better life. Any man can make money, but it takes a special kind of man to use it responsibly.”

Let us contribute to the society in our own small way.

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Stop the Rumbling Stomach – Feed a Hungry Person!

April 18, 2018

Have you ever imagined your life without an AC or internet? Today internet and smartphones are treated as basic necessities and plans of offices and homes are not passed without the cooling and heating systems. While the world is getting digital and we crib of poor internet speed there are people who are totally unaware of these facilities.

In trying hard to achieve our goals in life, are we beginning to turn a blind eye to the situation of hunger and starvation in the country which really needs our attention?

Is it fair to smugly enjoy our luxuries while people in our country die of hunger?

In the Global Hunger Index 2017, India ranked 100th among the 119 countries. Would it be right in your conscience to shrug this problem when you can actually contribute in setting this right?

Pope Francis encourages the society as he says, “You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.”

Food distribution drive at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

we rounded up several children on the streets of Kharghar helping them have a healthy lunch
Image credits: Vishal Sakpal

 

True and abiding change can be accomplished only when all of us come together to make it happen. We can be distinguished from others in the society when we show a penchant towards social accountability and contribute to sustainable development.

You may consider this to be an opportunity to show your social commitment but giving selflessly is much more than just social responsibility. The contentment you get in knowing that there are people who will eat because you decided to help, cannot be measured.

Temple of India gives you the opportunity to feed the hungry. Together with you we wish to work towards a greater cause. Getting three meals may be a miracle for these people – let us make the miracle happen for them. Remember Mother Teresa’s words, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

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