Statistics show that millions of children in India are deprived of the basic necessities of life, health, food and education. There are so many organizations and people who work hard to come up with those numbers which keep on increasing every year in leaps and bounds. But how many of us come forward to give a hand in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger? Often we see emaciated human forms searching for food like scavengers by the side of big vats. We get shocked and think, “I must do something for them”, then we return home and eventually forget. But don’t we have duties as responsible citizens and human beings? A little effort from each one of us can make a huge difference.
Since the system of Mid-Day Meal or MDM has started in India, the number of school-going children has increased. Many families living below the poverty line now send their children to school for that ensures they would not have to starve. But definitely there is another side. In most of the cases, children from these families are often engaged to work in order to earn for the family. Yes, of course there is a Prohibition of Child Labour Law, but that is seldom implemented and millions of children at this moment are working in carpet making factories, fireworks factories, and roadside dhabas and are getting deprived of education and proper nutrition. These children often are compelled by their parents to work and earn at the cost of their future. These parents have no awareness to the fact that for a child education is of utmost importance and only that can change their condition. Poverty has made them merciless, even to their own children.
First of all, I think, this awareness should be spread among all so that people send their children to school instead of engaging them to earn from a tender age. Childhood must be protected and this awareness is the foundation to that.
Secondly, the MDM scheme taken by the Government must ensure that the food given to the children has proper nutritional value. If a greater fraction of the population remains uneducated and suffers from malnutrition, a country can never prosper.
Thirdly, all of us should try to contribute a little bit in the process of eradicating hunger and ignorance from our country. We can help through NGOs, we can make small monetary donations, can give free tutorial support to the needy children..so on and so forth. The crux is, if you’ve a will, you’ll definitely find out a way that can improve a child’s life.
Here I am, in association with BlogAdda and Akshaya Patra, trying to do my own little bit to make at least one child smile. For every blog-post we write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of our Bloggers Social Responsibility.
AKshaya Patra is a non-profit organization which is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.4 million children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India.
Let’s show the power of blogging. Spread the word, feed a child. Be a part of the initiative to make India a better place for children.