India is a colourful thriving nation with growing middle classes in many parts and yet still with dire poverty amongst the under classes.
In March this year I was part of a team doing medical clinics and distributing water filters into a beggars colony in Northern India. These are people who survive through begging and scavenging and doing whatever work they can get. Most are uneducated and have lived for generations in dire poverty. Their homes are made of cardboard, plastic, polystyrene and whatever scrap they can find. They live in the dirt, they eat dirt to fill hungry tummies and their life expectancy is not good.
It is very humbling to sit with these beautiful,people and hear their stories. It is also great joy to be able to bring much needed medicines and access to clean water to them. Also we were able to give rice and lentils to these precious people and let them know that they are not forgotten.
The food and the medicine bring them encouragement and relief in the short term, the water filters bring them clean water for the years ahead. Clean water means no typhoid, no cholera – none of the water borne diseases that incapacitate their day to day lives.
It is only through the generous donations of those of us that live a life of being able to turn on the tap and drink water that is safe, who have access to good housing, jobs, education and provision for our families that the lives of those who do not have these privileges can be changed.
The exciting part of this is that it opens a door for our local Indian partners, who also have the desire to help the poor, to begin to establish ongoing education and feeding programs especially for the children in these areas.
Through visiting and bringing help to these communities a group on the Central Coast of NSW were inspired to raise funds to buy shoes for the children of this area – these were recently distributed by our partners there. You too can make a difference in the lives of the poor.
Click here to learn how you can rescue a life in India.