#AajKaGandhi – Kya karta he?Purani Dilli Walo Ki Baatein
To celebrate the birthday of the Father of the nation, here we are sharing a few inspiring stories of some social workers.
Even after all these years, his principles, dedication, and mission continue to encourage the country. The main reason why Gandhiji is a constant inspiration is his philosophy of non-violence. His status is irreplaceable. Let’s inculcate his attributes in our personality.
- Chandni Ahuja, Raindrop Foundation
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
Chandni Ahuja, a young girl, had the vision to start an NGO. It was in 2016, an NGO called a Raindrops Foundation was launched by her. She was a sophomore back then and was pursuing her journalism and mass communication degree from Lady Sri Ram College for Women. She decided, to disseminate this knowledge and privileges to people out there. The idea of raindrops was to initially share the stories of people, who need help. She wanted to cater to people’s need, for fulfilling only one thing, that is to help, and to reach out to people for their needs. It was envisaged, not for charity, not for donations, but to just help. Help, to support and promote social issues like women empowerment, rural employment opportunities, education for children and many more. Her genuine efforts made it a proliferation NGO in merely, a year or two. Raindrop is a foundation run by Chandni Ahuja.
In 2018, they also organised a Talent show for specially-abled. They have also launched a project called, Project Swabhimaan, in 2017. It was launched to provide skill training to women in order to make them self-sufficient and try to provide income to women with low-income families. They make beautiful earrings, which are made out of recycled plastic bottles. These are made by women from rural India, which also helps reduce plastic waste on the other hand. She not only tried to create awareness about social issues but also have launched relief programmes in various sites which are affected by floods or other problems. In their biggest relief efforts till date, they have collaborated with JAMIPOL Ltd. (a Joint Venture between Tata Steel SKW and Tai Industries) for helping out 2000 flood-affected families, in North Bihar. It has become now a youth-run NGO, in which volunteers, strives to change the world by their small efforts. They say, that no contribution is too small and that every drop counts and indeed, every single person hold value in order to bring change. As or father of our nation said,
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
- Ajeet Suri, Cycle Buddy
Mahatma Gandhi believed in the philosophy of changing the world by applying that change on oneself. Whatever, we wish to see, we first are that change. Meet Ajeet Suri, who calls himself “Cycle Buddy”, who wishes to change Delhi through Cycle. In November 2018, he started this initiative of
Cycling in Delhi, when he along with his group, did bicycle riding from Tilak Nagar to India Gate. He believes Cycle is the solution not just for combatting pollution, but for our mental health. At a time, when technology-driven kids have no time to spend outside, Mr. Ajeet invites young people for Awareness Rides on Sundays.
- Asim Hussain, Old Delhi
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Today is 2nd October, the birthday of the father of the nation who has devoted his life in the service of humanity. His values of serving common people irrespective of religion, race and belonging, can be seen today. Meet Asim Husain who has started an initiative of distributing food to the needy. He belongs to Purani Delhi and believes in the idea of khidmat of humanity. In January 2019, he along with his 3 friends contributed Rs. 500 each, and with this amount of Rs. 2000 prepared deg of Veg Biryani and distributed the food packets outside Bhuli Bhatiari Masjid, ITO. Since then, with the help of funds, his team is able to distribute 1200-1400 packets in a week outside LNJP Hospital, GB Pant Hospital and in Nizamuddin area to patients’ attendants, rickshaw pullers and the common man.
- Mohd. Sarfaraz, J.J. Colony Bawana, Delhi
“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mohammad Sarfaraz is a 32 years old guy from J.J. Colony Bawana.
A photo editor by profession, he is probably the most known person from his locality not because of his profession but because of his contribution towards protecting the environment. Sarfaraz started his work towards the environment from the year 2018, when he started distributing free sampling, plants and pots to the people living in slums of his colony. He also worked hard to establish parks boundaries around the parks in J.J. Colony so that they can’t encroach and children would also go there to play. When asked about what motivated him to start doing all this, he said that “we were allotted 10 parks by the govt. in 2004 when our JJ Colony was established but a majority of these parks were encroached to make temples and mosques, there was no park boundary on the remaining parks as a result children don’t have any space to play and then there was this pollution coming from Bawana industrial area too which motivated me to start planting trees in the park and also distributing sampling to poor people” He has his own environmental group called Staygreen Group. He faced a lot of financial difficulties during his work but he never stopped distributing free samplings. Asking about the changes he sees in only 1 year of plantation drive, he said that now when he looks at the slums from his rooftop he can easily see plants outside the homes of poor people which was hard to see earlier and this beautiful views satisfies him to such an extent that he will continue his work for years to come.
- Sambhav KS, Old Delhi ( LGBTQ+ Right Activist )
The Greatness of humanity is not in being human,but in being human
In this intolerant crowd of india, we find souls who keep alive humanity in our society. Sambhav,who is not only a chef in an amazing vegan cafe in C.P but is also a LGBTQ+ rights activist with an experience of more than 10 years in combating hatred against sexual minorities,not only this,he is also a historian who conducts heritage walks in old delhi,his native place. He manages clubs and groups for people from sexual minorities to relax and feel comfortable in this hostile environment. He spreads awareness about all kinds of sexual minorities and works for their empowerment.he has worked with numerous other political groups such as Dalit Mahila Morcha to raise the voice of oppressed minorities. He says ,that minorities have always been oppressed, they should know and understand the corrupt power structure which functions on their oppression. He just says one thing to the parents of those who dont accept their kids as who they are, they are your kids,they love you,love them back,they need it,accept them, they are as beautiful as any other child. Not every flower is the same,not every human looks the same, trees bear different-different types of fruits. All of this is diversity,we should respect it,accept it and be proud of it,everyone is beautiful. Being a historian he highlights that we are heavily lacking the history of lgbtq+ people,we sideline them and ignore them,but they have been present throughout our history,during khilji times,many of them held offices and posts of reputation, in mughal times, non-binary people were the only ones who were allowed to enter the harem of mughals. At the same time they have a history of oppression ,which continues till date.this is our job to combat this oppression that they are facing and engage with them,make a camaraderie with them and accept them as who they are and break this so called “closet” that we have built in our minds.
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