“Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”– Marcus Tullius Cicero
I love watching short films on YouTube of any genre. It was a little relaxing day, was done with my daily chores, so thought of indulging in movie time. I happened to click on a link on Asian films as the thumbnail caught my attention. It showed a woman and her family eating dinner.
Well, nothing unusual or different about it but the only thing I was inquisitive was about the sad expression on the woman’s face. The curious me wanted to know what could be the possible reason for her to bear such an expression? I clicked on the link and the movie rolled. It was a short movie for about 12 minutes but by the end of it something in me changed, changed humongous..
The family consisted of a woman, her children and her aged mother. The economic condition of the family was frail; in fact they could barely manage square meals a day . The woman pretended to be a leper so she could get a place to stay and keep her family secure (Reminds me of roadside beggars in Delhi) but for some reason she was now asked to move out hence the expression.
The scene showed the woman crying and telling her family “All these years I have pretended to have leprosy so we could have a place to stay! Where am I supposed to go now with you all? We have no home..”
I felt numb for a moment and felt Empathetic and frankly a little scared too! (as if I was that woman instead). It was an appalling feeling! I could not imagine not having a home or food for my kids and at the same time also felt grateful for what I have.
Being homeless is the saddest part of the world we live in. There are so many people all over the world for various socio, economic or political reasons without a place to live and food to eat.
What are we doing for them as a community?
How to arrange shelters and food for them?
How to find a long term solution to this ?
These were few thoughts that flashed my mind but I had no answers.
Living in my own small cocooned world of security and comfort I never realized the challenges of this strata.
“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.”- Warren Buffet.
However my empathy for underprivileged was not going to make any difference in their lives. Only thing I could do is take a step.
There are so many good Samaritans who have been working endlessly to help others and volunteering to bring about The Change . Many NGOs and government agencies are working towards the eradication of major social and economic issues.
Many of us are not even aware of how we can make a difference and contribute. So here are the links to a partial list of Shelters provided by the government of India and in Malaysia where I currently reside, where in if you see a homeless person you can help them. Also, links to few
other NGOs where you can volunteer and donate for other serious causes.
If we are able to take some time out of our busy schedules and contribute for the betterment of the society and empowering those in need, this world would be a different place where every child will have food to eat and a place called home.
Well, the music buff in me is reminiscing the classic from the King of Pop – “Heal The World, make it a better place for you and for me and the entire universe…:”