Ever since I shifted base to Bangalore, I had been wondering what to do. While I searched for work, I rejected a few positive calls. Then, I knew I was expecting so kept the job hunt on hold. As I had nothing to do, I randomly walked around in the huge market area which was five hundred meters away from home. How long could I entertain myself with the saas bahu serials?
After a few days, I joined an association whose main objective was to educate the underprivileged. We began donating clothes, books, stationery items, school bags, food, juices, sports equipment and whatever else they were in need of. In some orphanages, we granted a wish of each child present there. It is a wonderful feeling when you see those excited little smiles on their faces. Simultaneously, it saddens you that they have no one to count on except people like us who, for whatever reason, help the poor.
Sometime after I gave birth, the Mother in me woke up. I began noticing that those kids did not have the basics in life; loving parents and arms they would feel secure in; like my children had. While some of them were gloomy without loved ones, a few were so naughty that I wondered how they got through their sadness and came to be Chota Bheems. Yes, loads of thoughts and feelings would run through my mind every time I visited them.
Recently, I noticed that after their class, where they still wrote with chalks on slates, they, hungrily, rushed to the long wash basin and, in a jiffy, were done with the hand cleaning. The poor soaps just lay there, unloved. They sat to eat with those same hands and once done, they were also done with their washing in a flash. Again, the soaps lay there, untouched.
Interestingly, I got to know about an initiative brought forward by Savlon “Swasth India Mission” where they have created unique chalk sticks which have a few important ingredients of soap so that after lessons, hands would be washed until the soapiness disappeared. The best part of their campaign is they have tackled the issue of “hygiene and hand wash” very smartly, instead of dictating “handwashing rules” to these kids, they have made it interactive as well as a fun activity! Check out the fantastic video.
I think it is an amazing innovation and, eventually, the children will develop the habit of using soap while washing their hands. An incredible start to a healthy country!