❝ A few days ago I called an auto-rickshaw and told him about my destination he said, 250 Rs. I told him that was too much. As I was walking away he called me again and said, “Chotay Bhai, Aap pehli sawaari ho maa bemaar hai 230 kerlo”. I was fasting and couldn’t see another Rickshaw so I agreed.
That Driver kept mentioning his mother’s condition and told me how doctors refused to continue his mother’s treatment because he hadn’t any money. I have seen people asking for money by involving their parents sickness.
I knew he was going to ask me to help him for her mother’s treatment, but he didn’t. He only said, “Beta meri Maa ke liye zaroor dua kerna pta nahi kiski dua qabool hojaye aur meri maa bach jaye 2 mahinay pehlay meray walid ka intiqaal hogaya hai ab maa bhi chali gae to main aur meri behan akelay reh jayengay” (son, please pray for my mother. Who knows whose prayers would be accepted and my mother would be cured. 2 months ago my father passed away. If my mother also passes away then my sister and I will be left alone). He kept asking me to make dua for her mother. He was desperate. Later on he got a call and his sister told him that their mother passed away.
“Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon”
“Main bas sawari utaar k aya”
He told me his mother just passed away and he had to go to hospital but first he will drop me on my location.
I was stunned, I couldn’t speak. I made my mind that I would pray for his mother in Maghrib I even prayed for his mother in rickshaw. He was calm, tears rolled down his eyes as he said “Jo Allah ko Manzoor, lekin ab hum dono behan bhai kya keraingay”I gathered my senses and told him to drop me here I will take another rickshaw but he refused and dropped me on agreed location.
When I gave him 230 he gave 30 back to me and said Maa k liye Zidd ker raha tha ab wo nae rahi to aap ko naraaz nae kerna 200 hi dedo ❞
It is the 21st century and India is developing rapidly, however, the pace of development in rural and urban India is varying due to the lack of accessibility and opportunities in rural India. While children in these areas have limited access to quality education leading to unemployment and social exclusion, women are still at the back seat of household decision making and contribution to household income.
To break through the traditional norms and empower women in rural India is an ongoing endeavor. Project Nand Ghar, spearheaded by Vedanta Group, a globally diversified natural resources company, brings a ray of hope to rural India by providing education, nutrition, and healthcare to thousands of rural children and empowering women to gain economic independence through livelihood training workshops.
Nand Ghars are state-of-the-art modern Anganwadis built across rural India with a holistic approach to child welfare and skill development for women. Trade-based skill training workshops carried out at Nand Ghars have impacted women from the remotest part of the country enabling them to earn their own livelihood.
Their recent campaign on International Women’s Day was a celebration of #BalanceForBetter where women shared their stories of discovering pathways to self-reliance with help and support by Nand Ghar.
“The outside world was a far off reality for me from inside the boundary of our house. Nand Ghar helped open up the horizons and today, I am earning a livelihood and have found a purpose in Life,” says Dharma Maurya from Varanasi.
Thousands of women like Dharma Maurya have in them the urge to do something but do not have a platform, to begin with. Nand Ghar is giving them a purpose in life and wings to their dreams. Click on the link below to explore their stories.
Anil Agarwal, Founder, and Chairman, Vedanta Group, believes that a nation can only progress if we invest in the future of children and women. Vedanta in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development aims at constructing 4000 Nand Ghars across 11 states in India with the potential of impacting lives of 8.5 Cr children and 2 Cr women in rural India.
In a milestone achievement, Vedanta recently announced the inauguration of its’ 500th Nand Ghar at Chaksu Block in Jaipur. Today, 502 operational Nand Ghars across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh are changing the lives of 17,000 children through pre-school learning imparted through advanced teaching with more than 11,000 of them being served nutritious meals every day. More than 8,000 women have obtained trade based skill training at Nand Ghar.
With more than 70% of the population living in rural India, the need for early childhood education and women empowerment cannot be undermined. The Logical Indian appreciates the efforts of Vedanta which is tirelessly working towards transforming the women and child development landscape in India.