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HELP AND SUPPORT 25 DAYS OLD BABY KRISHNA GET OPEN HEART SURGERY.

Baby krishna only spent 7 days with his parents after then he was admitted in SGPI Luknow. He was evaluated with cardiac issues due to which for proper treatment he was shifted to Delhi in Shri Ganga Ram Hospital. He needs cardiac surgery for which his parents need 3.5 lacs. Any help would be appreaciated. Your contribution will help krishna to lead normal live with his family. Please contact +91-11-42254000

HELP FOUR YEARS OLD ROKESWARAN FIGHT CANCER FOR THE SECOND TIME

Rokeswaran, a 4-year-old child, hailing from a poor family from a village near Chennai, was diagnosed to have B-Acute Lymphoblastic leukaemia, which is a type of blood cancer in 2012. Rokeswaran was brought to Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai for treatment. Chemotherapy was initiated and despite many hurdles, Rokeswaran completed his total treatment of 3 years in 2015. Rokeswaran went home happily after successfully defeating his dreaded disease. Things were going smoothly when he suddenly developed fever and red spots in his body 1 year after completing treatment. Investigations were done and the family and doctors were shocked to know that the disease (B-ALL) has come back. Parents were motivated to start further treatment despite the very aggressive nature of the disease. The only curative treatment available at this stage is Bone Marrow Transplantation. Since Rokeswaran’s sister is only 3 months old, she is too young to donate stem cells.The next best option is to go ahead with an unrelated or haploidentical BMT. The parents are unable to meet the financial cost towards further treatment and are willing to do whatever it takes to save their son. Since this disease is life-threatening the surgery needs to be done urgently. Rokeswaran’s father works as a driver and earns Rs 12,000 per month. He has already borrowed a heavy sum of Rs 10 lakhs form his friends. Bone marrow transplant would require Rs 25 lakhs which is beyond his limits. The condition is such that even to support his wife and 2 kids, he has to borrow from others. Rokeswaran is very critical that he needs an immediate transplant. Only your funds can save his life.

SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN

Gharkul is a Non – Profit school for Intellectually Special Children belonging to lower income group. We empower children by providing them holistic education and therapies for their special needs at absolutely no cost. Our beneficiaries are children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay and Down syndrome, ranging from Profound, Moderate and Mild. We enable children to become self reliant by catering to their needs of education, vocational training, life skills, therapies and treatment in a supportive, nurturing environment and create awareness in society about their unique needs. The funds will be utilized towards education and therapies for development of the children. For further details, please visit our website: www.gharkul.org

SUPPORT MANYA'S EDUCATION

Manya needs Education Support for LKG. She is Little Daughter of Amit Gaur a Muscular Dystrophy (Physically Challenged) person from Kanpur (U.P.) aged about 38 yrs. He belong to a financially weak family, works as a Computer Operator. He lives with old age parents and a younger brother who is also a Muscular Dystrophy affected. His father aged about 70 yrs have also been suffering from paralysis since 6 years. He can only walk. Often, sometimes fall down at the road, home when someone help them to stand. Now his 4 years old daughter Manya is going to school (LKG). He is facing difficulties to pay her fee. They need Rs. 10,000/- for her fee and miscellaneous costs like Books, Uniform, Shoes etc, for the coming academic year 2017-2018. Please support Manya Education by contributing and donating. We will be very Happy if you can help little more for a permanent solution, so he never have to worry about future.

GIVE EDUCATION TO 175 MENTALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN IN PUNARVAS SCHOOL

Punarvas Education Society is committed to the education of children with intellectual impairment. It's a special school for mentally challenged children, founded in 1981 and registered under The Societies Act. We are providing special education to 175 students at present. These children need only Rs.5000/- for the year for their education. We request you to support this noble cause by making a donation as minimum as Rs.1000 and support their enthusiasm for learning. For more information please contact Bharat Tamang at 8693055590 or send an email at helppunarvasgmail.com

AVOID THROWING COLOURS ON PETS DURING HOLI

Pets are a part of your family, understood. You choose to make them a part of your celebrations, understood. But many do not understand the grave effect which the celebrations might have on them. Most dog owners feel that as long as they use dry colours on their pets, there’s no harm. But the truth is, the presence of lead, which acts as an accumulative poison, makes these colours a high-risk material for pets. Inhalation of colour powder may cause nasal irritation and possibly respiratory allergy or infection. Pet parents also need to know that most dogs get paranoid when you rub colours on them, since it very often gets into their eyes and nose, making them very uncomfortable. They also tend to lick their body, and the taste of dry colours makes them prone to throwing up. Some breeds are so sensitive that they gets rashes. We must ensure that during celebrations like these, we keep our dogs safe from the colours. We advice people not to try using kerosene, spirits or any hair oil to clean the colour off their coat. A good light shampoo should suffice. If the dog has been hit in the eye by a water balloon, wash the eye with clean water, and if irritation persists, bring the dog to a vet.It is extremely important to understand that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the accidents than others. Puppies, aged dogs and short hair coat dogs are more predisposed to falling victim to these colours than long hair coat breeds. The reason being that sparsely coated regions of body are commonly affected by colours. The pet owner should keep the pet away from children who tend to throw water balloons at the pet and also avoid taking their dogs at places and at times when they are likely to be the target of such insensitive play. Indulging in variety of sweets is also customary during Holi. Care should be taken as these foods are rich in butter, cream and sugar and does not go down well with canines and can give them an upset stomach.

BIRDS NEED YOU IN SUMMER

These days the summers are very hot in different parts of India. Sometimes it crosses 45 degrees in many parts. Different water bodies dries up due to intense heat of the summer. This results in cut of water supply to many little creatures in our nature. Many birds die due to lack of water. My dear friends please keep a bowl of water in your balcony or terrace, so that the birds can quench their thirst and be saved. Please follow this message and pass on to others so that they can follow it too. Your effort can save many birds from dying.

SAVE INNOCENT CREATURES

Please don’t throw used shaving blades into the dustbins. In absence of awareness, almost 90% people are doing so. These blades death of thousands of innocent animals. When animals eat dustbin stuffs, blades get stuck in their throat and they start pumping blood in extreme pain. My dear friends, instead of throwing blades into the dustbins, please collect them in a box and sell it to a garbage shop when it is full. Please practice the same and also spread the message to make others aware of this, thus saving many innocent creatures.

HUNGER IN INDIA – IMPACT ON CHILDREN

India has among the highest numbers of hungry children in the world, nearly double that of sub-Saharan Africa. Even Ethiopia is placed ahead of India (94th) in the Global Hunger Index 2007 of 118 countries by the International Food Policy Research Institute. The index looks at the progress by countries on three indicators for two UN millennium goal targets for 2015: the proportion of calorie-deficient people, child malnutrition and child mortality. Most of these children belong to poor families of marginalized sections of society like Dalits and SC/STs. Most are agricultural labourers, do not own any land, have no regular livelihood and little access to food and health programmes. According to the National Family Health Survey III 46% of our children are underweight because their mothers are also largely undernourished, 19% wasted or too thin for height and 38% have stunted growth. Around 79% of those under the age of three are anaemic. All these only raise the risk of developing fatal diseases and infection. However hunger finds no mention in the national health policy. There is lot of focus on childhood diseases like diarrhea and polio. According to experts the immediate need is put hunger back on the health agenda. The ICDS is not adequately monitored and is thinly spread. An improved ICDS, the rural employment guarantee scheme and better access to the public distribution system will do a great deal in reducing hunger. There are also calls for introducing a Right to Food by many experts. The way children are forced to work in order to eat one should aspire for food security though the goal of nutrition security would be more appropriate. The mid-day meal scheme has helped but it should have been linked less with the schooling system and more with the hunger pattern.

CORRUPTION OF EDUCATION SYSTEM IN INDIA

India’s education system is mired in corruption and a high rate of teacher absenteeism in the country was a key factor for it according to the new global study. The UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning study on corruption in education released recently says that 25% teacher absenteeism in India is among the highest in the world, second only after Uganda that has a higher rate. The global average of teacher absenteeism is about 20%. Teacher absenteeism does not just affect quality of education, it is also a huge drain on resources resulting in the wastage of 22.5% of education funds in India the study said. Politics in teacher appointments and transfers is a major reason for teacher absenteeism according to a professor at National University for Education Planning and Administration. The study identifies the absence of well established criteria for teacher recruitment, a uniform policy on promotion, remuneration and deployment as some of the main reasons identified for teacher absenteeism. However the report found married teachers to be more regular at job than unmarried teachers. In Bihar two of every five teachers were reported absent, the figure in U.P. was reported to be one-third of the total teachers. However in states like Gujarat and Kerala the figure was lower than 15% the report based on several small studies. Teachers also believe highly in private tutoring, a practice identified by UNESCO as unethical. It does not complement learning at school and leads to corruption, the report said. The practice of ghost teachers and involvement of teachers in mismanagement of schools were other gray areas identified in the Indian education system. Another indictment of the sorry state of Indian education was the view held by students that cheating in examinations is their traditional right. In India universities cheating is now well-established. The fees for manipulating entrance tests ranges between $ 80 to $ 20,000 for popular programmes such as computer science, medicine and engineering the report said.

FEMALE INFANTICIDE IN INDIA

Five million girls were eliminated between 1986 and 2001 because of foetal sex determination done by unethical medical professionals. The rate of extermination continues to increase after census 2001. Sex determination and sex selective abortion was traced to an Amritsar clinic in 1979 and has now grown into an Rs.1000 - crore country wide industry. In recent years the misuse of ultrasound has reached remote tribal areas of Rajasthan, Bundelkhand and emerged even in parts of India where women were better treated such as Assam, Kerala and the Kashmir valley. China as of 2000 census was eliminating one million girls annually but present trends suggest that India is likely to overtake China in less than a decade. Son preference has become daughter hatred in India in the recent decades due to the widespread legitimization of this form of violence against women. In 1994 Parliament responded to the misuse of prenatal diagnostic techniques by enacting PNDT Act. However it was not implemented. The Supreme Court directed the government to implement the PNDT Act in May 2001. Later it was amended to make it more stringent. The health ministry has to be more proactive to stop female feticides. The ministry surrendered one crore rupees of the meager funds allocated to the PNDT cell in this budget year. In 2005 the health ministry released full-page advertisements calling female feticides a sin. Converting crimes into sins is dangerous as it will only fuel further decline in sex-ratios. There are attempts by some politicians to limit abortion as a means to stop female feticides. Such anti-women actions would endanger women's health though it may be acceptable to religious fundamentalists. Efforts of the media have certainly contributed to the increased public discourse on this issue over the years. Today reports of female fetuses found in drains or dug from dry wells or floating in lakes or eaten by dogs are headline news. There have been stories on the consequences like trafficking of women for marriage and emergence of polyandry. The government of India should set a target date by which the country will have balanced sex-ratios at birth. The coming plan needs to give a fair deal to women by abandoning fertility targets and replacing it with solid commitments to restore sex-ratio at birth. There has to be official recognition that small families are increasingly achieved by eliminating girls.

TRENDS OF DIVORCE IN INDIA

The young couples are fast becoming upwardly mobile and rich in Indian cities. But economic prosperity is taking its toll on the marital status and marriages are falling apart. Over the years the number of divorce cases filed in the family courts has doubled. The main reasons are ego, stress to professional competition. Family counselors and lawyers say the trend may play havoc with the institution of marriage. In cities like Gurgaon over 25 matrimonial dispute cases are registered every month at the mediation and conciliation Centre, more than 10 are divorce petitions. At least 2 cases settle for divorce every month. It is seen that most of the couples filing a divorce petition in the family courts are working professionals in the age group of 25-35 years. According to experts divorces are increasing due to frequent ego clashes and work stress. Corporate culture demands long working hours and increases stress levels in young people. Also there is professional competition among the spouses. The husbands file more than 70% of the total divorce cases. In the corporate world a man fails to give sufficient time to his family. This directly affects his relationship with the wife. A progressive individual culture is also responsible for the upward trend. Spouses are no longer dependent on each other financially. Also ego plays a major role. Lawyers say that couples with irrevocable differences prefer divorce by mutual consent. There is high sense of intolerance and immaturity among young couples these days. It is the modern culture and materialistic attitude of people that has to be blamed. Another cause of divorce is rising cases of domestic violence where wives are victims of physical abuse. According to lawyers these cases are either of domestic violence or maintenance issues. It is the wives who usually file for the divorce. Contested divorce takes longer around 18-24 months. Here the aggrieved party must prove cruelty, unsoundness of mind and impotency of the spouse. Children are no longer the binding factor in marriages. Most children are badly affected by the fact that their parents are divorced or on the verge of splitting. Experts also say that children tend to project extreme behavioral patterns such as aggressiveness or social withdrawal. They become quarrelsome or start bullying other children and suffer from psychological weakness. There is also blow to child's self esteem. What worsens the situation is when a partner tries to malign the other to gain the child's sympathy.

HONOUR KILLINGS IN INDIA

To be young and in love has proved fatal for many young girls and boys in parts of north India as an intolerant and bigoted society refuses to accept any violation of its rigid code of decorum, especially when it comes to women. The two teenage girls who were shot dead by a cousin in Noida for daring to run away to meet their boyfriends are the latest victims of honour killings, a euphemism for doing away with anyone seen as spoiling the family's reputation. Many such killings are happening with regularity in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. These are socially sanctioned by caste panchayats and carried out by mobs with the connivance of family members. The usual remedy to such murders is to suggest that society must be prevailed upon to be more gender-sensitive and shed prejudices of caste and class. Efforts should be made to sensitize people on the need to do away with social biases. But equally, it should be made clear that there is no escape for those who take justice into their own hands. So far, there is no specific law to deal with honour killings. The murders come under the general categories of homicide or manslaughter. When a mob has carried out such attacks, it becomes difficult to pinpoint a culprit. The collection of evidence becomes tricky and eyewitnesses are never forthcoming. Like the case of Sati and dowry where there are specific laws with maximum and minimum terms of punishment, honour killings, too, merit a second look under the law. In many cases, the victims who run away with 'unsuitable' partners are lured back home after FIRs are filed by their families. The police cannot be unaware that in many cases they are coming back to certain death at the hands of their relatives and fellow villagers. Yet, pre-emptive action to protect them is never taken. Undoubtedly, the virus of caste and class that affects those carrying out such crimes affects the police in the area too. But that can be no excuse to sanction murder. Active policing and serious penal sanctions is the only antidote to this most dishonourable practice.

SUICIDAL FEELINGS

For a crime he hadn’t done, his life itself was violated. He was innocent, scared and put to shame for doing nothing. He bore this pain for being innocent. How could he be so mirthlessly punished? Was this the end, was his life finished? Will the world just see him as walking trash? Would fate be kinder if he was cremated and ashed? How could life be so unfair? So this is the pain he has to bear? Suicide is one of those subjects that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing. If you're the one feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you'll be judged or labeled "crazy" if you open up. Or maybe you're just convinced that no one could possibly understand. It's not much easier for concerned friends and family members, who may hesitate to speak up for fear that they're wrong or that they'll say the wrong thing. The important thing to understand is that feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn't mean that a person is crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that the person has more pain than they feel capable of coping with. But help is out there. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. So don't wait: reach out!

CHILD TOBACCO ROLLER

11-year-old Sagira Ansari, right, rolls bidi tobacco with her family at their house in Dhuliyan, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Sagira is among hundreds of thousands of children toiling in the hidden corners of rural India, many working in hazardous industries crucial to the economy: the fiery brick kilns that underpin the building industry, the pesticide-laden fields that produce its food. Sagira and nearly every other child in the town of Dhuliyan works through the tobacco dust to feed India's near limitless demand for the thin, tight cigarettes. Sagira and her family earn 75 rupees for every 1,000 bidis rolled which brings in about 7,500 rupees a month. Where is India heading towards? What will be the future if this is the scenario, where it is said – the Children are the future of India? Is not there any way out to overcome this? Can’t we take the initiative to contribute and reduce this from our land? Are not we willing to?

END CHILD SLAVERY

Sisters - Jung and Ahok from South Sudan were kidnapped and sold as slaves in a market. After two years they were finally freed by World’s Children’s Prize Laureate James Aguer. This happened many years ago, but unfortunately not much has changed in the world when it comes to child slavery. A minimum of 5.5 million children are enslaved today, in stone quarries, brick kilns, factories, mines, sweatshops and other abusive environments. How can this be allowed to continue? It is time to turn up the heat in the fight to end child slavery! We support – and urge you to do the same – the End Child Slavery Week (ECSW), an event that will run for the first time in London, 20-26 November 2014. Spearheaded by The Global March Against Child Labour and its founder, one of the world’s foremost anti-slavery activists Kailash Satyarthi, it will be carried out together with Anti-Slavery International, Education International (EI), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Kids Rights Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation and many more. Through public pressure, immediate action will be demanded from the UN, governments and business leaders, to make the eradication of child slavery a priority in national legislation, policies and programmes. ECSW 2014 will highlight the need for the abolition of child slavery eradication to be incorporated in post-2015 Development Agenda. Let us join the fight!