Wishes & Blessings, India
Indrajit Banerjee on May 18, 2018 in Food & Shelter
“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love is the same, with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”
In this quote of Mother Teresa lies a powerful message, a message which modern world often fail to carry and spread out hands to those who need them. Our country harbours a great deal of people who are termed as underprivileged spreading over a vast range including people from all age groups. Recent census statistics shows every 1 out of 4 children is not bestowed with the opportunity of education, 36% of children under 5 years of age are underweight in India, around 10.13 million are child labourers between 5-14 years. India has 30% of world’s total poverty-stricken children. Things are not only restricted to children, to worsen the situation the older folks are diversely and predominantly effected. An estimated 1.97 crore elderly still survive on a pension of Rs. 200 for an entire month, an amount which is expected to take care of not just their food, but also their medical expenses in their declining years. Another 7.15 crore elderly never get access to even that meagre an amount in the first place.
Miracles do happen, heroes do rise, the heroes who believe in a better and brighter future for all resent the plight of others. People who rise above discriminations, societal negative chorus, unfair unequal approaches, distortions are the ones who emerge out as heroes in the forgotten lives. Wishes & Blessings is one such group of people who can be rightly labelled as heroes who are working relentlessly to achieve a world where the word “unprivileged” no longer exists. To cease happiness to be a luxury but create opportunities for all so that nobody’s dreams are shackled by barriers. Established in 2014 in the capital city of India, New Delhi, Wishes & Blessings is a registered NGO with a mission to ‘inspire and empower dreams’, that has emerged as a unique platform for helping the underprivileged aiming to spread blessings and fulfill wishes by linking beneficiaries with donors. They work across the spectrum of society surpassing age and gender barriers on diverse causes including education, health, skill development and relief.
Spreading smiles across the face of young and old, providing and promoting education among folks, offering support with gifting a good health and creating opportunities for all are the factors that drives this NGO to achieve its pinnacle. These are the instrumental aspects that keeps their workforce integrated and drives the volunteers to achieve their envisaged outcomes. One of their gloriously eminent drive is that of the daily meal program, started in December 2015, wherein they serve three hot and nutritious meals to homeless people on a daily basis. Currently, the unit has two main projects to address the hunger problem. Adding colors and light to the festivities of the underprivileged this NGO works towards making happiness and smile not a rarity but an objective near to hand. They have a set of projects including meal programs, sponsor a childhood, birthday manao program, sponsor a teacher, sponsor educational commodities.
Wishes & Blessings has witnessed significant growth both in the quantity as well as quality of its operations. Starting with celebrating Holi with visually impaired children and partnering with two institutions, they today have formal partnerships with over 12 organisations across India. From sponsoring the education of over 150 children, providing relief in SOS situations to serving three daily meals to 225 people, building toilets for the elderly, facilitating the mass marriage of 14 underprivileged girls and running day care centres for street children, they have been able to make a meaningful impact on several lives. Their journey has been challenging but extremely rewarding. President Dr. Geetanjali Chopra says that Wishes & Blessings was a decision taken completely from her heart at the cost of leaving a successful career and raised eyebrows from loved ones; this step was the foundation towards making her childhood dream come true. She is optimistic that with one step at a time and with people’s support, she believes that the sky is the limit and the unit will reach that.
To read more about the inspirational work they are doing, visit Wishes & Blessings today!