“Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is a disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity,” said Jawaharlal Nehru in A Tryst With Destiny.
At the stroke of midnight on the 14th of August, 1947, India gained independence from the British Rule and although we gained independence from colonialism, we are yet to be freed of many social, economic, and political issues within the Indian society. The 73rd Independent year of India marks a period that is defined by economic and financial progress, technological advancements, global recognition, and relative equality. As Indians, we take a lot of pride while singing the national anthem and hoisting the national flag. But at the same time, we should be mindful of the same citizens of this country that do not have access to the bare necessities of life — food, clean drinking water, education, and medical help.
The Huffington Post revealed earlier in 2019 that 56% lack the ability to meet these basic needs. Even the people who are officially above the poverty line are still vulnerable to such harsh conditions. Hunger remains a daily fact of life for the poorest of the poor but health care, drinking water, and sanitation constitute 40% of the population’s unmet needs by value.
India is celebrating its 73rd year of Independence in 2019, so the day takes on a whole new meaning when you take some time to volunteer, to make life easier for someone else. This Independence Day, ConnectFor aims to address the issue of hunger by collaborating with the Robin Hood Army to organize food distribution drives in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and our two new partner cities Delhi and Ahmedabad!
So, this Independence Day, make Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision for an India free of poverty, ignorance, disease, and inequality of opportunity by doing your bit and volunteering with ConnectFor!