Do you remember that day when your little girl was crying with stomach pain and you cried with her. Remember that day when your little boy fell down and cut himself and all hell broke loose and you did everything in your power to make his pain go away. So big deal. That is what being a parent is all about. Isn’t it. As parents it is natural for us to do the best we can for our child just as our parents did for us and before that their parents for them. This is normal and natural and the only way to be, isn’t it??
Now, take a moment to imagine what life for a 2-year-old parent less child would be like? No one to pick her up and wipe her tears when she fell down and no one to hold her hand and walk her to school and no one to sing her lullabies and put her to sleep. In fact, she has no place to call home.
Did you know that about 20 million children do not have a chance to a normal life like us? These children lost their childhood before it even started. They lost their parents either to abject poverty or to the will of god or to some violent act. Whatever be the reason, today they are devoid of love, care, and security of a family and the warmth of a mother’s lap. This love, warmth, care and security is every child’s right and not a privilege. It is necessary for any child to grow up with confidence and to develop the ability to do their best in life.
We are good, hard-working people, making an honest living for ourselves and our family. We are just and fair and we take pride in that. But we are so busy creating our space in this complex competitive world that we do not have a moment to pause and think of these children that are left behind.
Take a deep breath, calm yourself down and think if you can make a difference in even one child’s life. Can your finger be the one that little girl will hold to stand up again? Will your smile be the smile that will make her happy? Will you be the one who will make sure she studies and stands on her feet?
Yes, you can be that person. It does not need wealth; it does not need resources or your time. It just needs your will, your compassion and your desire to make the world a better place. The resources will follow your desire.
No matter which part of the world you are in, find people who have dedicated their life to take care of these children, join hands with them and make sure no child is without a loving home. Because “NO CHILD SHOULD GROW UP ALONE”. And we together can make that a reality.
– Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India
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