Annual Gift Of Giving Back – Through CARE.org, my annual gift giving is now a tradition. There are so many simple, easy ways to help others. Just a few dollars help turn one person’s life around
There is not a day that goes by when I don’t thank EVERYONE responsible for educating me. I have been so fortunate in my life to receive some of the best education. It is a great honor which makes me proud and hold my head up high as I walk through society every day.
For an Indian woman, education was always considered a privilege, never a right. Many girls never get educated simply for being a female. Those who were lucky to get educated were given that privilege for one “good” reason: “Educated girls” get to marry “educated boys”. And, they got educated only up-to a certain grade. Most never get to see what the inside of a college classroom looks like, unless they are tasked with cleaning it. That has been the tradition in so much of my culture, even in 2016. It is a difficult concept to grasp, but, it is widely accepted in many countries.
So, when I am able to take coding classes, learn the most intricate architecture of a motherboard and eventually find a job based on my own merit, I take a few minutes to count my blessings. Despite all the problems I have had with certain influencers of my life, I have never taken their sacrifice for-granted. I have always appreciated their selflessness in that matter.
So, it always saddens me to see girls and women not being able to get a decent education or run their own business. It is clear that they would be a ginormous success, if only they were given a chance.
Therefore, when organizations like CARE.org come to me to spread the word, I don’t hesitate for a chance to give back. I jump at the opportunity to sponsor a girl who needs textbooks or a woman trying to start her own business. I can completely relate to their struggles. It won’t surprise me to hear that all of you can relate to it too.
Last year, I asked all of you to give back and you all came through in a BIG way. I was completely humbled by how much you gave back. This year, I come to you again with more opportunities to give back and know that you guys will rise up the challenge.
If you have some time, take a few minutes to go through CARE.org’s Catalog. I am sure you will find something that you can do. It doesn’t matter if all you can give is $10. For someone in another country, $10 could mean a world of a difference.
Here are some of the items I found interesting.