I logged into my Gmail account this morning, and what awaited me were these sprightly faces:
Each of the kids from ‘SHORE’ (Home for orphans and abandoned children), were so blissfully posing with new shoes and uniforms for the current academic year. Ah! What joy! 🙂 I was filled with such pleasure that my eyes turned moist, and I wanted to share this happiness.
It’s been 2 years, 6 months and 9 days since the service group ‘Ripple’ started. As of today, we have undertaken 6 initiatives that has branched into 13 projects, and we have raised over 1 lakh Indian Rupees up until now.
What started as distributing food for people in the railway station, buying groceries for platform dwellers, offering financial support for people who couldn’t afford operations, then branched out to visiting couple of homes, lending support to Uttarakhand flood victims, and by the end of 2012, we had also decided to support SHORE Home in Ambattur, which is solely run by a dedicated couple – Mr. Inbaraj & Mrs. Indra Inbaraj.
They have a little over 20 kids, who are being educated in matriculation and CBSE schools. We have but had only few hours with these kids in each of our visits, but their innocence and love is so contagious. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it must be for these kids to comprehend what their roots must be. However seeing those happy faces in emails or in person, gives its own kind of adrenalin rush.
And today, receiving that mail, and looking at Ripple’s accounts sheet was totally worth it. Though the journey has been really difficult, it has been satisfying too on a lot of levels.
Whichever side you may tilt, crane, peep – there are always issues in the world that needs solving, and our need to sight and live in Utopia would continue to exist.
People die of accidents every day, children get abandoned, environment is getting destroyed, we litter and let our cities stink, communal riots, abuse, corruption – is there any negativity that has become non-existent today? No.
What Ripple is doing today might not accelerate the tipping point that Malcolm Gladwell has mentioned in his book, but still I like the fact that we take inspiration anyway.
We must have spoken to 100s of people – very few were honest enough to let us know they cannot be a part of it. Most others were ambiguous in their support, while few others really did reinstate our faith by supporting in our projects.
If you ask me today, I cannot really comment on the number of active members, for thinking about it, leaves me in a state of such jeopardy. In those moments of questionable faith, the team takes comfort in the quote, “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
I still remember that evening (23rd November, 2011) when this tiny thought of ‘making the world a better place to live in’ came about. In the long haul, Ripple might or might not survive, but that doesn’t mean the joy of raising over 1 lakh to total strangers amounts to nothing. That doesn’t mean the spirit and dedication that few strangers have shown to few other strangers amounts to nothing. Because to those 20 odd kids, it has made all the difference, and I want to thank each of those people who were crazy enough to think that they could make a difference! In fact –
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, it’s the only thing that ever has!” – Margaret mead.
Over to more memories:
So today indeed made me happy 🙂
To loving our neighbours! ❤
Updated to add: Ripple had a successful run for 4.5 years raising almost 4 lakh INR for a total of 20 initiatives.