Children are the future of a nation. The progress of a country depends on the well being of children. It’s a pity that even after so many years of independence our government has failed to ensure the basic necessities for every child. Children are like soft, tender buds, and are needed to be protected till they’re full-bloomed. Unfortunately, child-labour is still practiced widely in India and many children are left with no option but to work in unhealthy, unhygienic conditions in order to earn for their families and thus become easy victims of malnutrition.Their childhood is shattered by harsh blows of reality. Education is a distant dream for them. To turn those dreams into reality several NGOs are working simultaneously with the government. In order to educate every child and to motivate them to attend schools, Mid Day Meal Scheme has been introduced long ago. MDM has successfully increased the number of students and their subsequent retention in schools. Children from families living below the poverty line are inspired to attend schools when they’re sure to receive at least one square meal daily.
Elimination of classroom-hunger is undoubtedly a tough challenge and we can all join our hands to make it a success. At our workplaces, we can raise funds which can be donated for this purpose at the end of the month. We can tie-up with the local grocery shops that they will supply a certain amount of grains or vegetables or similar things to the schools on a monthly basis. We need not to do all these things at a large scale, small efforts from each one of us can make a big difference.
Spread the awareness whenever possible. Don’t be a mute spectator next time when you see a child working at a tea-stall. Let others understand the importance of education for a child. Protest against child-labour. Our bold voice can make the life of a kid brighter and better. Each child has the right to get education and food.
Brighten up the festive days and gift small educative tools to slum children. As I’ve already said, you need not to spend a large amount…. pencils, pens, copies and even used books will help them a lot. Let’s do our bit to eliminate hunger and illiteracy, let’s change India.
I’m trying to make a difference with the power of blogging in association with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda. 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.
This is my 2nd post in this wonderful initiative. Trust me, it gives immense happiness to see others smile.
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.