a good investment

Today I received a handwritten letter. Its been a long time since I got a handwritten letter in the mail, many years (I don’t even remember when the last time was!) So it was a good surprise to find one today.

The contents had a photo of a little girl, and a copy of her marks card which had only Goods and Very Goods, and the following letter, that quite made our hearts jump…

Priya* is good in studies. Father works as a coolie and mother as a maind servant. The income of the father is very meagre as he does not go for work regularly. He drinks a lot and does not care for the family. Mother is taking care of the children and is interested to educate both the children. They stay in a small house for rent. Grandmother helps the children for food. Priya met with an accident & got hurt in the head, she had underwent operation at NIMHANS and still under medication. Our assistance is needed to educate Priya.

* name changed for privacy

We felt deeply touched and grateful at this opportunity to be part of someone else’s life. There is a certain almost inexplicable quiet joy.

We will be receiving this report regularly every few months, and depending on our time and inclination, can provide whatever support we like to Priya. This was after sponsoring a year’s education for her through the Karanata State Council for Child Welfare, which costs Rs. 2500. This is an annual commitment till she completes her 12th standard.

Priya studies in Gnaneshwari Vidya Mandira in R.T. Nagar, Bangalore. Not only money, they can use some help in teaching the children as well – anyone interested please email me for further details.

Not being some millionaire but only a common man running a middle class family – and I need to work hard to support my family and try to sustain some kind of security for the future especially amidst a very uncertain market with all the economic gloom.

Nevertheless, I feel the satisfaction of having made a good investment for the future (even though if it may not my own future! 😉 ) A song sung by Whitney Houston I’d first heard years ago still rings in my head (and heart)…

I believe that children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

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