Protecting the Powerless

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” No reform is possible unless some of the educated and the rich voluntarily accept the status of the poor. . . . .and instead of taking avoidable hardships, discourtesies and injustice as a matter of course, fight for their removal.”   Mahatma Gandhi 

This is one of the TV  segments that I enjoyed very much during my time in India. images (18)

People would nominate  their heroes who are making a difference where they lived. At the end of the year, ten are selected as heroes and finally one is chosen as the hero of the year. I would like to  introduce you to three of the heroes and include YouTube video for each, for those of you have a few minutes to watch and be inspired.  There are so many challenges in India and it would be easy to just throw up ones hands and say “It has always been this way, so what can I do about it?” These two men and one woman decided to try.

Narayanan Krishnan lived in Madurai. He was a rising star in the  culinary world being on the short list for a 5 star restaurant in Switzerland. One day he saw an old, sick man so hungry that he was “eating his own human waste.”  At that pivotal moment Narayanan changed his life’s path.  He now cooks and feels 400 souls a day and some literately.  Please watch his video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiC_9RHTvsA

Indian-homeless

Next, I would like to introduce you to Praksh Rao who has a tea stall in  Cattack.  He provides free education for slum children who otherwise would have no education. There are some government schools nearby but the parents who have to scavenge find it hard to get the children to school.  Mr. Rao’s school is right in the area and provides 60 students education up through grade 3. There are 4 teachers whom he pays.  All this from a tea stall owner’s wages. He also has found a way to provide for limited medical services for these needy people including  blood transfusions.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/odisha-teastall-owner-provides-free-education-to-slum-children/372981-3-234.html   jajati_teaseller_pkg

The last hero is  Priti Patkar, a woman in Mumbai who runs a night shelter for the children of prostitutes.  At first, that was rather shocking to me, but she explained.  Prostitutes’ children would have to come with their mothers when they work and thus be exposed to all kinds of child abuse.  Priti provides meals, beds and safe shelter  during the nights for these children. She is providing immediate safety and grooming them for a life other than the sex trade.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/odisha-teastall-owner-provides-free-education-to-slum-children/372981-3-234.html

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These three people are doing what they can to help the “least among us.”  Be inspired.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Protecting the Powerless

  1. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    GOT THAT RIGHT!!!!

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  2. Thank you posting such inspiring stories of good people trying to help the most needy and helpless. The condition of the poor in India is very pathetic and it seems good Samaritans are doing a good job in the absence of any political will of the politicians. Bravo to these brave and generous people for practically helping the most needy. Some of the pictures you have put really are heart wrenching and moved me to tears. Thanks for a very eye opening and informative post Ann. God bless you.

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  3. Trapper Gale says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Inspite of what media would have a believe there are truly wonderful people in this world.

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  4. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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