Thursday, October 08, 2009

Children and Social Consciousness

I had taken Pattu to the park the other day and bumped into one of the older girls on her ladybird carrying lots of books. I learnt that she is selling some of her old books at half price and the proceeds would go to the construction workers in our colony. I was impressed to say the least and so moved by the gesture and picked up a couple of books from her. The other kids who heard this gathered around exclaiming,
'Oh you are really selling them? We thought you were joking!'
'If that's the reason or selling, I'll also pick up some books...'
'Hey I also have lots of my old books, I can join you and sell some of them...'
'Aunty, I saw a small baby lying on the platform - no clothes, no sheet, nothing... so sad aunty'
'Their own parents are beating the children aunty...how can they do that...they are so small..'
...and to the girl who started this: 'hey you are doing a great thing ya...we;ll help you ok...' and to the others, 'eh, all of you bring your old books ok, we'll sell them... we can also collect our old clothes and blankets and toys..'
'eh, come let's go tell S, D, T, and everyone else...'

...and off they go cycling...
The CEKA (Chettinadd Enclave Kids Association) NGO is born and it just took one small gesture and a few minutes for the kids... I've always believed children are the catalysts of change. I'm also happy because nurturing these qualities at this age would make them better individuals, more responsible and socially aware and conscious.

I intend to help them organise this better and make it an ongoing activity.

7 comments:

Swati said...

wow..way to go ..i am impressed and awed :)

apu said...

wow. that is truly amazing. i hope they never lose it as they grow older and 'wiser'.

Jayashree said...

WOW!!! What a really, really nice thing to do.

Uma said...

Swati - So am I! It's so encouraging to see kids think and act in this direction!
Apu - I hope so too... which is why I want to make it a practice
Jayashree - Absolutely!

Monika,Ansh said...

Aww....this is great . Kudos to these kids.

aryan's mom said...

wow..that is really a nice gesture...kids are rocking....

Uma said...

Monika - They deserve all the Kudos
Aryan's Mom - Yeah, kids rock and I hope it will continue...