Oct 18, 2011

Able and Willing.. Part 2

The Freedom Foundation
AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS' being some kind of divine retribution is crap.
Visiting The Freedom Foundation, my team and I were reminded of how easily we can discriminate. 
If my earlier posts gave you a glimpse of what happens with a government with blinkers, our weekend with the children showed me how wonderfully well behaved and ordinary they all were.
Two weekends ago, Neetha and I decided to pay them another visit. And this time with a small surprise. We decided to cook some gulab jamuns knowing that the kids love sweets. We set about making 100 gulab jamuns, and took it to them while it was still warm.
Anyone who's given a child a surprise can vouch for how much fun and satisfying it is to see the smile on their faces.
Much like an advt for a credit card, their smiles were 'Priceless'!

The Friendship Foundation
The Team that made it possible!

The mentally challenged, a term that is often interchanged with mental illness can be grossly misleading.
Visiting and working with The Friendship Foundation this past week gave me a whole new appreciation of the way amazing work that mental care professionals do among the specially abled.
While I realised why it is so easy to ignore the specially challenged, I also noticed why we have very little progress among those who needed help.
Brushing aside the tons of research that has been documented, nations like India can definitely benefit if all that research is put to good practice.
Nearly all of the children that I met were very well behaved, had no airs about themselves and were ambitious. Most wanted a career in the army and the police.
The more severely affected children made me realise how easy it is for people to victimize them. Oblivious, they don't care and won't know if you are a scheming a**hole or a sexual predator. They would trust you with all the innocence of a 1 year old.
I guess as parents, we sometimes wish our children never grow up and remain the cute, cuddly baby that would gurgle, giggle and roll around in the floor.
But we so easily learn to ignore children who are trapped in a body of an adult.
Are we being fair?
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