Be a lamp to the world!
For most of us, when recalling memories from our childhood we can’t help but take a nostalgic drive down memory lane to our school days. Whether they hold good memories or not, it sure was a journey which gave us many friends, beloved teachers and values as well as some important life lessons. But even in the 21st century, schooling and education is a distant dream for many children in rural India. It’s true that the education sector in India has seen an enormous growth in last decades, but it still fails to cater to the entire population of India, particularly children living in rural villages.
A recent census data published by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) revealed two shocking facts: 32 million Indian children (ages 6 to 13 years old) have never attended any educational institution and many children are forced to earn a livelihood even as they attend school. It has been also observed that girls belonging to marginalized groups which are economically backward or children in remote rural communities are usually the ones who do not receive any necessary education. These facts not only make them unequipped for the modern world, but also increase the chances of poverty and end up in some form of exploitation.
So without any doubt education is, in all likelihood, the most significant device required to shatter the vicious inter-generational cycle of abuse, malnutrition, poverty and oppression.
When a boy or girl is educated they not only break the cycle of illiteracy generally seen in rural Indian families, but it also cuts a new path for them. A path of knowledge, self understanding, a path towards success, and towards a life out of oppressive systems. Literacy requires a lot of attention and it is implied that their economic background plays a villain in taking these children away from schooling.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14
Imagine a world where we could provide rural children with a good education and an array of opportunities. Let’s try to be a lamp that helps to wade away the darkness and bring in rays of light to the life of innocent, vulnerable little kids. Through any small contributions to Love One More, YOU can be a lamp to spread light, one child at a time.