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Why do we become so selfish?

 
Today I am compelled to share a heart touching incident with the whole world which I learned a few days back. Two children (real brother and sister) used to read in school with the aid of an organization. Their father was a drunkard and mother used to do petty household jobs. There were other 2-3 brothers and sisters. Elder sisters had been married in tender ages. Elder brother too used to do the menial job in his tender ages. This girl was a very week and used to live in dirty and torn clothes. The same position was that of the boy as well. One day, the persons of this organization saw these kids on the hungry and thirsty state in the boiling road in scorching heat in May 2011. They were in bare feet. Only God knew, how they used to walk with bare feet. That person of this organization went to their parents and requested to get these kids to join Ek Koshish. Initially, the father was not ready, though the mother was ready. Father raised questions like who would pay for, what would be the benefit of all such a ‘drama’, our forefathers were illiterate and lived a life like ours and we too would do the same, etc. Anyhow, he was convinced that if they become educated, they would change their lifestyle and thinking and the entire family would be able to live with dignity and pride. Anyhow he started sending these two kids to this organization. They required thorough one to one personal attention as they were totally backward, lacking confidence and in short knew nothing. It was as if they were from a different illiterate world.
Though it was a herculean task to inculcate them, this challenge was accepted as a solemn duty by that entire organization. Special attention, hours and hours every day, were given on all areas for their development and growth. For the first six months, they could not even understand the basics. But after six-seven months, when they had shed inner fear from their brain, both started doing wonders and started learning alphabets, etiquettes, and manners…. They started doing anything like a kid from higher society even they started dreaming of becoming a doctor or teacher etc.
In 2012, taking their growth, they were got admitted in a good public school by this organization. In short, surprisingly they did very well and both were among the first five in their classes. In sports, music, and dance also they had started doing well. Everyone was happy to see their growth.
But all of sudden in 2014, their father refused to send them to school. On being asked he excused that he could not do any work know and as such he wanted these kids to do some work to support his day to day life. It was very sad and surprising. Ultimately he withdrew these kids from public school in spite of fervent appeals of all volunteers from this organization.
One day what was seen, was shocking! The girl, in her tender age, was doing work as a maidservant with her soft hands in a big house on a monthly petty wage and the boy was compelled to join some tea/coffee stall to clean the utensils…how pathetic it was. Destiny had crumbled upon them!
who spoiled their life- parents, luck, God or anything else? Why we are so selfish? Why do we not come out of our selfish motifs even in the matter of our kids? Was that the duty of a parent towards his own kids? Could liquor lead to such a down fall of person? Could the rich class be so merciless to have kids to keep them their slaves in their tender age?
Though I am busy in preparation for my exams, this is haunting me like a ghost! I am disturbed and still thinking about this civilized society!

Anubhuti Jain

Ek Koshish one attempt
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nature: Ambiguous of All


Summer vacations are going to expire very soon. All children are busy in completing their home works before the schools open. Of course, they are not as lucky as other children of the rich people who spend their summer holidays at mountainous terrains. Prior to this year, I used to visit the mountains in every summer vacations and have seen the beauty of Greater Himalayas and have had so many unique experiences which sometimes are still haunting me – What is Nature, Who created it, How is it healing, what can it have its impact on one’s inner and outer life, whether god and nature are the same and if so, who created god? All these questions coupled with strange and unique experiences are unsolved and are still unanswered in spite thousand and thousand years after human creation.
All of a sudden, when I was taking a class of the children for the purpose of getting their homework completed, I asked one question from one student, named Ravi- what is nature? There was a pin drop silence and every child was looking at one another’s face. Ravi who was a student in 6th standard was looking down at earth with his face and eyes blank as if he knew nothing. After a few seconds, I took the lead and just to ease out the atmosphere, I asked another question- what are trees, mountains, clouds, wind, rain, stars, sun, moon, etc.  Still, there was silence. Though I had asked a very basic question these children were unable to answer. The question was why? It appeared to me that they were so ignorant that they could not resemble themselves with nature. Then to break the silence, I told them these are Nature. Nature is like our mother, that cures our miseries and paves the way for our growth. I was just talking about the goodness and motherly traits of nature, in the meantime, Rakhi, a girl child, spoke extempore
Agar Prakriti hamari mata hai, toh bhookamp kyon atta hai aur hamare ghar gir jate hain aur bahut log maare jatein hain
(If nature is our mother, why earthquake comes and pulls down our houses and many people are killed).
I was shocked to hear such a response from such a small child. I called her near to me and asked very politely as to why she thought so. Her mother had told her that an earthquake had come recently in the region of Nepal and its surrounding parts of India and many of her relatives were killed. I had no answer except hugging that girl. In front of my eyes, I had my good memories which I had lived with nature during my several trips and on the other hand what the girl child had spoken with such anger against nature.
Children are always true as they do not adopt dual standard while putting forth whatever is in their inside. It is true, Nature may be furious but the question is why? I am still haunting to find the answer and reply to that child!
Anubhuti Jain
Ek Koshish one attempt

Illiteracy: The Root Cause of Poverty and Slavery

I am working with this wonderful NGO for the last 2-3 years. The prime motive of this NGO is – imparting education to the children coming from the down most strata of society. This NGO works for the growth of those who can never dream of getting the education like us. It is a wonderful experience for me to teach these children. It is of immense pleasure to play with them, to listen to their thoughts about life! It is a new world for me and has changed me as a human being. It is not only peaceful but also seem to provide meaning to my life as well when I am with them. It is really soothing and exciting to see them growing in such a different atmosphere. Alas, everyone, the world should contribute like this to eradicate illiteracy and poverty from this beautiful earth.

Illiteracy is the real cause of poverty and slavery which results in human miseries. If we the well off people pay a little attention to these people, I am sure wonders can happen on the earth…

But I unable to understand why no one thinks about the causes of such illiteracy and why nobody thinks about solutions to this gigantic problem…?

Anubhuti Jain

Ek Koshish one attempt

Children from Poor and Inhumane Background Going School for the First Time

Children from Poor and Inhumane Background Going School for First Time
 Dharam Veer
Kiran
Nancy
Mangal Kumar
Pradeep Kumar
Yash Kumar
Priyanka
Ek Koshish feels immense pleasure to write this blog that our constant efforts to make the children coming from the very very poor and inhumane background of society, eligible to take admissions in an English Medium Modern School.
Ek Koshish has been providing coaching and training continuously to 23 children since long for making them capable of receiving proper education at public schools so that they become successful in their lives and be equally placed in the society and get rid of the curse of poverty and inhumane livings. Out of these 23 children, seven children shown in the photos above have qualified for admissions in Dr. Karam Vir Public School, an English Medium Public School at Faridabad. Ek Koshish has fully sponsored their entire admissions and monthly tuition fees and other expenses to be incurred on their education (uniforms, bags, books and other stationery, etc) as their parents could not have afforded any of their expenses. Most of the parents are daily wage earners and seek work on a daily basis. They also belong to farfetched areas where life is too tough and harsh having always lack of even basic amenities and facilities and no education at all.
It was a matter of proud for the entire team of Ek Koshish to see the parents of children so happy on the occasion of admissions of their children. They were very excited to see their children going for the first time to any school. It was visible on their faces that they could believe to see that their children would be admitted in an English medium public school in which children of the rich class also take education. During the discussion with them, the parents of these children told that as far as their memory goes back, no one in their entire family had ever gone to any kind of school what to say of public school. All parents of these children are illiterate knowing no alphabet (except one i.e. father of Yash who attended primary school in a village up to 2nd standard in the village). The parents of these children have now started dreaming to make their children Engineer, Doctor, Government officer, etc. May God bless them to see their dreams turning out to be true!   
To see the ecstasy, joy and happiness and other mixed emotions of happiness (which is very difficult to express in words) on the innocent faces of these children, on the occasion of their admission, was really a great moment in our lives which one can really equate with ‘bliss’. 
The entire team of “Ek Koshish” is very very thankful to all who have contributed in this “one attempt” and further hope that the same co-operation shall be rendered to us for all such humane efforts dedicated to society. Ek Koshish is highly thankful to its volunteers especially Mrs. Sunita and Mrs. Daisy who have contributed a lot by putting their much-needed efforts to make these children capable of public schools. We are also thankful to Mrs. Sunita who has in addition to her other efforts, taken the responsibility of Kiran also. 
Ek Koshish One Attempt