I love the idea of spreading positive stories of hope and inspiration.That’s why I started writing about blogging journeys.But today for the first day of, We are the world Blogfest ,I want to share with you a new story . A story about upliftment .
In the first post of this blog hop , I want to tell you about Ulrike and Janwaar castle.
Janwaar in Madhya Pradesh in India has India’s first skate park up. The woman behind it is the inspiring Ulrike Reinhard who has many feathers in her cap.
It’s designed as an open-ended the social experiment, where the people are not given money as aid .They are empowered.They are asked to learn something ,which in its turn is rewarded.Started with children ,this model is classic application of positive reinforcement ,acting as a motivator for learning
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
Credit is not known (Chinese, Native American, Italian, Indian, or Biblical. Sometimes it is linked to Lao-Tzu, Maimonides, or Mao Zedong. I love the principle of removing poverty and promoting self-sufficiency.But is it ever easy or full proof?The 12th-century philosopher Maimonides wrote about eight degrees in the duty of charity. In 1826 an analysis of the eighth degree was published in a journal called “The Religious Intelligencer”. Boldface has been added to excerpts:
Lastly, the eighth and the most meritorious of all, is to anticipate charity by preventing poverty, namely, to assist the reduced brother, either by a considerable gift or loan of money, or by teaching him a trade, or by putting him in the way of business, so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding up his hand for charity. . .
What Ulrike is trying through Janwaar castle is to teach these little children about life; lessons.But not directly.She knows life for them is not easy and choice impossible.But by being an example Ulrike is teaching these children , the future of the world the truth about life and living.About learning and doing.About walking the talk.
So what should we do?What can we do?
It’s not easy trying anything new anywhere in the world and even less in India.But should that stop us ? The world belongs to each of us.It’s our duty to each try, in our own space, with whatever time and resources we have, to make this world a better place.I am trying through my blog and through my profession .By choosing to stay in India.Maybe I am making a difference?Maybe not.!But at least I am trying!Are you trying?
Comment below to let me know.
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