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Each One Teach One- NGO’s acting as a LIFE SAVIOUR

We all have heard many sayings by personalities who have been and continue to exist with the label of G.O.A.T. emphasizing the significance of education, learning, and innovating, and doing something meaningful with their lives. From Aristotle to APJ Abdul Kalam, each prominent personage has had that sixth sense and never-ending knowledge and indeed they have stressed the influence of education in our lifetimes. Let me quote some old rather gold sayings of some super and good humans who existed on our beloved land.
|| Ria Syal

“Some of the brightest minds in the country can be found on the last benches of the classroom.” Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein

“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” Aristotle

“Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats

Everyone emphasizes the significance of education, and everyone shall be educated. But the question here comes is- Is it accessible to all the sections of the society? Are all the children getting an education regardless of what gender they belong to (Gender disparity)? and a lot more barriers they had to face during the pandemic.

The answer to the questions above is even a ‘YES’ and a ‘BIG NO’.

Perplexed? Let’s investigate to get to a conclusion rather than making false statements.

After the prolonged closure of schools and other educational institutions finally make efforts and precautions to again reopen them keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines, which shall again bring the education and students’ minds back on track. As the students have been on a long break. Many of them even got a chance and have passed out from their educational institutions without even bidding an adieu. Some students had been enjoying this long vacation, some had to suffer as they had been genuinely deprived not just from education even from the means of education. As the weaker sections of the society do not have much means to get themselves and their offspring get educated due to limited or no resources. Shutting down schools has not just led to the deterioration of their mental levels but even their nutrition levels. In many parts of India, students got themselves enrolled just in the attraction of the mid-day meal that acted as bait for them. Let’s take a look at how exactly those workers who had minimal savings survived during the lockdown.

“I used to sell tea on my handcart to make ends meet. After the lockdown, my livelihood was badly impacted. During the initial months, I supported my family with my savings, but as the situation continued, I took out loans and had to rely on alms from friends and some charity groups,” said Pawan Kumar, a migrant worker from India’s northern state of Bihar.

“My children were going to government-run schools and after their closure, they are now staying home. Where can I afford smartphones for my three children and then pay to recharge them on a monthly basis?” Kumar said. Perhaps, it’s a relief to see things coming back to normal, once again.

However, some groups, organizations, communities always lend a helping hand irrespective of any circumstances. Many individuals, celebs, organizations came forward and aided poor people who had been caught by the second wave. Non-Governmental organizations played a crucial role in helping such people during the second wave and these organizations even usually target day to day obstacles that these weaker sections of the society face, and these organisations not just aid weaker sections they even help people irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, either physical help or mental help. Their motive is just to help individuals in whatsoever they can.

Perhaps, I shall jot the names down of some such Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), namely-

  1. Goonj (www.goonj.org)

Goonj envisions to grow as an idea across regions, economies and countries using urban discard as a tool to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity of the underprivileged people of the world. Address basic but neglected issues of the poor by involving them in evolving their own solutions with dignity and urban material as reward.

Currently, 5 projects are running under the organization.

  • GREEN BY GOONJ
  • RAHAT
  • NOT JUST A PIECE OF CLOTH
  • SCHOOL TO SCHOOL
  • DIGNITY FOR WORK
  1. Kind Beings (www.thekindbeings.org)

We, Kind Beings, are Delhi-based Non-Governmental Organisation who aim to bring about cohesive changes in society by performing ‘Acts of Kindness ‘. We are a team of young professionals who have come together with only one goal in mind – to make the world a better place for everyone.

We work to uplift the underprivileged, be aware of the illiterate, feed the hungry, be the voice for our Mother Earth and ensure that peace prevails all around us. Starting from Delhi, we have extended our helping hands to people in 30+ cities, towns, and districts in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan.

To do achieve our goals we focus on some key areas of social interest which include subjects like Education and Equal Opportunity, Gender Equality, LGBT Community Rights, Skill Development for all, Bettering Health, Fulfilling Nutritional Deficiency, Taking Care of Animals, Reducing Pollution, thereby, guaranteeing a BETTER FUTURE for our nation. We may be a minuscule part of the globe, but our ideas and actions can go way beyond our physical limitations. The power of ‘acts of kindness’ is unrecognized but the still, undoubtedly, can bring about glorious changes in many lives by showering happiness and blessings and Kind Beings makes that possible.

There are currently 4 projects active under this organization namely-

  • World’s Makeover
  • Edushala
  • Be Kind To Animals
  • Strong She
  1. The Robinhood Army www.robinhoodarmy.com

The Robin Hood Army is a zero-funds volunteer organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants and communities to serve the less fortunate.

Our “Robins” are largely students and young working professionals – everyone does this in their free time. The lesser fortunate sections of society we serve include homeless families, orphanages, patients from public hospitals, and old age homes.

Modeled on the Re-Food program in Portugal, the Robin Hood Army started on the streets of Delhi, India in August 2014.

  1. Child Rights and You (www.cry.org)

A happy, healthy, and creative child whose rights are protected and honored in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice, and equity for all. CRY was born of a dream to ensure happier childhoods for all children.

In 1979, RippanKapur – an Indian Airlines purser – started CRY with 6 friends and just Rs. 50. Today, over 4 decades later, CRY works with 102 local NGOs across 19 states in India and has impacted the lives of over 3 million children.

They are currently working under various sectors-

  • Education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Safety and Protection
  • Child Participation

And lots more. There are many more such organizations that are working towards making our society a better one for us and our future generations. Let us also contribute and be a part of such organizations and share what we have. Share knowledge, education, skills, resources, etc with the people who do not have access to such resources.

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