Thursday, July 31, 2008

Making a difference

Today read the news that Amte couple got prestigious Magsaysay award for community leadership.. I was so proud of this couple. Like his father Baba Amte, Prakash Amte & his wife Mandakini have been involved in community service & medical help for years.. This award atleast a recognition of their work.. If you want to read more.., here's the link

Wish our govt would do more to help the couple, give them support more financially so they can continue doing their services in much more bigger way. Along with that article above I read this one . I saw the comments on that story & everyone is blaming US consulate for not issuing visa.. But well, what was the reason for that.! visa was denied coz they are too poor.. Coz they recieve Rs2,000 as part of their social work.! & that's all is their income.!!! That's just absurd amount. Just couldn't believe that anyone could live on that kind of money, let alone do community service.

It's funny how this co-incide with something that I saw y'day on news. Many social workers & in-home caregivers are not able to afford to travel to some of the remote places coz of the high gas prices & in general the cost of living being higher.! And all these caregivers, who love their work, are re-thinking their profession is the saddest part.

There is no difference in any country..! Only few of the health care professionals make money, those who are actually in community service, should be provided from govt. They should recognize the need for these people & should work on how to keep these people happy, so there is more and more of people wanting to make in difference in others lives. Still, even in these grim conditions... hats off to these people who still try to thrive in their worst sorroundings & make an impact. Remebering one of the old saying, that Coal becomes diamond under extreme heat conditions... that's what makes these people tough I guess.

Make a small difference to someone, help someone in needy.. and feel the power. :o)

1 comment:

Kelidoscope of thoughts said...

I think People like these make the earth go around.I was also looking for a part time here . It is called friends for earth. but then i decided I dont want to do it as a part time and leave it halfway when i get a permenant job. Well here the gov gives a mininum of 20 euro per month to any service provided. it is almost nothing yu can say but most who volunter are people who are already working else where so it sums up and the benifit reaps back in ten folds.