Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spare a Toy, Gift Them Joy

Twice a day, as I walk past the tiny cluster of potters' huts on my way to college and back, I wonder at the extreme disparity between this world and the one I come from. These crumbling hutments with their innumerable residents and the clay pots, pans and animal figures, and those modern homes with their Air conditioners, comfortable furniture and luxuries that are in fact considered as basic amenities. Everything is the same - people, their daily need of food, water and shelter, their right to education and a decent living. Yet, the two worlds are far apart. The Indian economy is, no doubt, partly to blame. But the more important issue to be focused upon here is the impact this inequality has on children. Deprived of proper education, books, toys and such simple joys of living, all they are left with in the name of childhood are distant memories of a state of perpetual need and insecurity. Working at tender ages and the lack of education deprive these children of their right to a happy and stimulating childhood.

The least we can do, as citizens of this lovely country called India that we call our home, is to do our bit in helping these children, present in multitudes throughout the nation, get their childhood back. You can make a humble start by shelling out any spare books, clothes or toys that you may have discarded long back, and donating them to authentic NGOs, orphanages or other such institutions dedicated to the welfare of children.

As a beginning, I review here an internationally known and acclaimed NGO, Toybank, that is dedicated to giving back to the children their right to a childhood, in the true sense of the word.

Toybank, a non-profit organization has been set up with the aim of providing toys to children who come from a weak socio-economic background.

To ensure that children from under privileged backgrounds receive toys through collection and distributions.
To bridge the gap between children from different backgrounds by creative play/group events/community events.
To make play space available for children through toy libraries using available infrastructure; to reclaim open public spaces for children.
To design and provide toys that are context specific, and to have toys made in local languages as well.

Support: Children, Right to Play, Right to Leisure, Non-formal education, Toys.

Presence In: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, UK, Bhutan

Website: http://www.toybank.org/

Note: They are presently looking for volunteer coordinators in Pune and Bangalore, and for NGOs working on children's education in Delhi/NCR.
I write this post as a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too, with three very simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr-list and support the NGO's cause. Go a step further, contribute as much as you can, and spread awareness about the cause as well.

Do not miss this chance to see real joy on a child's face. Trust me, it's worth every ounce of effort! :)

(Photos Courtesy: Harshit Vishwakarma)


Anonymous said...

Truly an *Angel* :)

~Angel~ said...

Thank you! :)

APURV said...

nice and definitely done with the best of intentions...keep it up!

~Angel~ said...

Thank you Apurv! :)

Prateek said...

Children are the future of the country; to make this literally, we must support the genuine NGO's working towards the betterment for the living conditions of such children.

Deguide said...

Very nice wake up call......to promote equality amongst the children

~Angel~ said...

@Prateek - Hope to see you, and everyone else reading this, support the cause!

@Deguide - Thank you!

Amar said...

Nice work..We people who write can create that awareness..Very few realise that..I'm happy you do and with this post many others will..!!

God Bless!:)

JIM said...

It is said that you see heaven in a child's smile

~Angel~ said...

Amar - Thank you. It's a very small matter for most people, given the inflated pay-scales these days, yet seldom do people venture out to help the less-privileged. I, despite being just a student, keep doing as much as I can. This is just another effort to awaken people's souls towards the cause. I hope it has some impact. :)

~Angel~ said...

@JIM - Hi there! Very true observation that. Wish more people realized that!

Amar said...

It surely has and to make it better I'm sharing it right away on facebook..:)

~Angel~ said...

Thank you Amar...publicizing at least this post is quite a noble thing to do :)

Rose said...

Perfectly nobel! :)
And yes, we need to do this asap. :)

~Angel~ said...

Thank you Sushmita :)
And yes, the sooner done, the better! :)

Felicity said...

That's such a nice thing to write about.

Kudos to you. :)

Mahima said...

Thank you Felicity. :)

merC_ry said...

A matured write up I must say. I have been active in the form of donations through C.R.Y before.

This is something vitally important in the current society where children miss their deserved childhood.

Even in the so called developed urbanized societies, the intensity of competition forces children to mature and let go of their toys pretty early, Just wanted to put this point though its not directly related to the post.

But a Good write-up indeed, keep penning.

Mahima said...

It is really good to hear from another person who's actually aware about the importance of helping out the ones in need.
And no, it is perfectly alright, rather good that you mentioned that point here. In this world of urbanization, competition and peer-cum-parent pressure, children are fast losing their childhood and turning into street-smart but often ruthless adults, often too soon for even them to realize. It's sad.

Thank you for the review, it means a lot.:)

Anonymous said...

This is a great and noble initiative to bring smiles on the faces of our innocent children. Thanks for sharing:)

Mahima said...

Thank you for the appreciation sir. This is something very close to my heart, and my upcoming post will showcase that. Do read. :)