Monday, December 1, 2014

#BlogToFeedAChild and eliminate classroom hunger!

I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda. So should you!

Honestly, when I heard the term "Classroom Hunger" I was clueless what it means. Being blessed with a decent upbringing in comfort and availability of all facilities, I thought, does it refer to how we used to get hungry before recess and try to sneak in a bite during class?

But no, after taking a look at the video I understood that there are children in our country who cannot go to school and get a proper education because they have to work to feed themselves. They do more labor than we must have ever done in our entire life for one decent meal per day. Why is that? What can we do to get rid of this issue?

Today when we go out to a nice restaurant to eat, the bill is never below 2-3 thousand rupees between 2-4 people. What if one day we decided to skip going out and eat at home, and instead donate that amount to Akshaya Patra and feed 3 CHILDREN FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! Yes, no kidding, they are feeding 3 kids for an entire year for just Rs. 2250/-. You can also avail tax benefits on that.

Apart from that I feel that food we order at office or home, sometimes there is spare left, and the sort. We should never throw it out (unless it has gone bad of-course.) Instead give it to your maid, she could feed herself and her kids? Or if there are beggars in your locality you could give it to them? At my home we always give leftovers to our maid. It feels good to know that someone will not sleep hungry that day.

Every child in this country has the right to education till 10th standard. But still there are so many who are either unaware of this or are forced by their parents to work and earn their own meal. Such parents need to be educated too, that if their child studies, one day he can earn a decent salary and provide for the entire family. Also, the people who hire children to work i.e. practice child labor should be stopped from doing so. Punished even, if needed. If children won't be hired from errands and jobs, their parents will automatically be left with no option.

Hope this change comes soon. Readers, do contribute. Let's eradicate classroom hunger and make our country's future brighter! 

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