A chilling reality

Who are they?

The first response coming from most of us would probably be, "Nobody."

Seemingly unimportant names attached to seemingly unimportant faces. They have no rights - political or otherwise - and despite their vast numbers, they remain the most underprivileged group in India. They are a part of our tomorrow and if we wish for this tomorrow to be any brighter than the darkness that enveloped yesterday, we must not believe that they will be "just fine".

"Just fine" is a privilege not available to these socially and financially disadvantage rural children of villages such as Bodakho, Dholiumar, Borda and Chottakheda - all located in the Bhopal District of Madhya Pradesh. While the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education 2009 guarantees education to all children, there still remains a vast difference between having a school/schooling space and actually being able to get to it. The children of Bodakho, a tribal village, face one such obstacle. Monsoon makes it nearly impossible for teachers/ volunteers to reach this remote part of Madhya Pradesh.

With the winter about to descend upon the country, it would be safe so say helping these children stay in school is not going to be an easy task. The average winter temperature of these villages is known to hover around the eighteen degree Celsius mark - low enough to make us wrap a thick layer or two of wool around ourselves. However, these children cannot do the same. Hailing from households which cannot even provide them with school uniforms, the warmth of winter woollens are a distant dream.

Yes, the situation is rather solemn.

But the good news is that you and I can change that.

Aham Bhumika, a registered NGO based at Bhopal, is in the process of collecting old and usable woolens for rural children between the ages of 4 and 12 who are living in less than favorable conditions. Aham Bhumika is a relatively small NGO, tirelessly working for the betterment of rural India, without government or corporate funding. Every item little item of clothing matters and will be deeply appreciated. It may be just a piece of cloth to so many of us but to one child somewhere out there, its an insurance that he or she will be at school even during the winters.

It really doesn't take much to make a child smile.

Think about it.
Guest post by
Paloma Sharma
17 Years



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