|I show kids at Visamo something on my shirt|
One of them, a seventeen-year old girl named Rinky told us that she will go to college in Jaipur and will donate her first salary to Visamo. She will support Vismao for the rest of her life! All kids will after they graduate and start earning money.
I asked dozens of questions about the concept, the financing required, the road-blocks, the success factors, the selection process for kids and how the concept can be duplicated a thousand times. Since you are reading my blog, you probably know me. I want you to know that I STRONGLY support The Visamo Kids foundation. My mother volunteers there and my sister-in-law is heavily involved in managing the organization. Please contribute to the best of your abilities.
India has millions of kids living on the streets who need help. Some kids sell wares on the street for a living, some are servers at drive-through restaurants, some sing and dance to entertain crowds while some simply beg. It is sad when you see them, and you feel completely helpless. What is the right thing to do? Give them a bit of food and money or adopt them and take them home with you? It is obvious that a systemic change is needed. Where does one even begin??
The rest of today was pretty mellow. In the evening, we went to Nootankaka’s house and then for dinner at the Radisson near Panchvati. The food there was quite sub-optimal!