Giving has always proved to be good for health.. Giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. One good deed a day is all it takes to be healthy both physically and mentally apart from all the exercises that you do. The one reason giving may improve physical health and longevity is that it helps decrease stress, which is associated with a variety of health problems. Giving to others gives an inner happiness to one.
The opportunity to do Karma or good to others awaits all of us. There is an opportunity for us as an individual to be bold and use our unique role as philanthropists to spark, and drive, large-scale social change. Whether as a social entrepreneur or by supporting a social cause, each one us have the opportunity to participate and do ‘Karma’(Doing good to others). Karma will only help bring a positive change in your life, a change for the better.
Who knows…One day, you may look back and say, “I was there at the beginning—and I made a difference.”
We kick start with our Karma Blogs from this auspicious Diwali week. GOQii’s Karma Specialist Ruta will enlighten us regularly on the various Karma topics and Karma deeds. We kick start with the issue of Child Labour and how Education is every Child’s right.
Burn all evils and embrace the Good
The festival of Lights has just passed and its been a good one week of celebrations with our families and friends. Festive season has just begun and will continue till the end of the year. It’s that time of the month when we cannot enough of all the shopping both for ourselves, our loved ones and for our home. As children, we all have fond memories of these festival celebrations be it Dusshera, Diwali or Christmas with our families.
It’s not enough to just think about our own kids and their well being. Sadly, like our children there are so many poor kids on the street all by themselves with no one to look after them and who have no idea what festivities are or what a festival like Diwali or Christmas feels like. These lesser privileged kids live their life each day as it comes.
Many of them are forced into begging and if it is not begging then they are forced into child labour. You might not realize but, there could be many new things in your house which might have been made by these tiny hands. The new Saree that you are wearing, the lantern that is lighting your home might just be some of the things that these children have lent their hands to.
It is not a good feeling when you see a child slogging to earn some few bucks instead of going to school and gaining some knowledge. Every child has the right to education. School ideally is the right place for them and not traffic signals and restaurants.
According to the World Labor report by International Labor Organization (ILO) child labor is considered as ‘forced labor’ because children are rarely in the position to give free consent to any activities performed by them as most aspect of their lives are determined by adults.
- Official figures shared by ILO in its ‘World report on Child Labour 2015’ indicates some 168 million children remain trapped in Child Labor while at the same time there are 75 million young person aged 15 to 24 years of age are unemployed.
- The largest numbers of children are employed in places like textile factories, dhabas (roadside restaurants) and hotels, or as domestic workers.
It’s a vicious circle:
- The day when a child is employed it is the very day when the young mind is denied access to education which is actually his or her right. Lack of education leads to lack of opportunity which finally leads to poverty and also other bad habits.
- Child labor exists because there is a demand! Child Labor continues to be a concern in this day and age but because of the efforts of labor groups, governments, companies and ordinary people like you and me, the number of companies employing child labor is going down.
Simple steps that you could take to eradicate child labor:
- BE’ a responsible citizen and ensure you do not employ child labor. Even if it means to employ as a house help to take care of your child
- As a consumer, you can make sure that the products you’re buying do not employ child labor.
- ACT’ as a responsible citizen and make responsible choices. Ensure that your society does not employ child labor.
- ‘EDUCATE’ and create awareness amongst people employing child laborers and the parents sending their children to work.
- Further, ‘REPORT’ cases of child labor.
So festivities or no festivities let us do our bit! Let us consciously try and help the deprived children and give them what they really deserve. There are many organizations that work for the welfare and betterment of children. Instead of burning your cash on crackers why not you could probably think of sponsoring one child’s education.