Friday, October 03, 2003
THE "ONE" NATION : Banking on the little ones
While we've all heard stories about street urchins and how they con the masses into giving up money and how they're actually run by the "beggarmaster", these are the stories that actually show that there's hope yet. Most of this article is a simple cut and paste from the Asia Time Editorial here. Some of the more bleak parts of the editorial have been left out because they're been covered in the past before elsewhere.... but here's the good part.
These are just drops in the ocean of Indian poverty and child labour, but they're signs that all hope isn't lost. That urchin knocking on your car window wouldn't just give your money away to his chief, or spend it on a smoke or at the movies; he might jsut be saving it up for a rainy day.
THE "ONE" NATION : No Cameras, Just Plights, All Action
On a more social front, NGOs are helping children raise awareness about social maladies which plague their everyday lives. This Outlook article covers a story on an NGO which is addressing issues like child marriages, rag-picking and tobacco addiction through the medium of films. These films are made by the children themselves, with the help of tips for making effective films. Here are the excerpts of this article -
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