Every minute, around 60 children are born in this world with 34 only in India. But out of these 34, only 24 survive for a month. And then out of these 24, only a few are fit to develop into healthy grown adult; healthy in terms of physical growth and mental development. Is this scenario disturbing to anybody? Not to a young Mechanical Engineer in Mumbai. In his words, “It’s not like the world depends on kids.” Now whereas this might sound scornful to many, there is a partial truth somewhere hidden in this youngster’s words. Do we really think that children of India are the beholders of its glorious future? Come on, if that is the case, then are they being conditioned accordingly? Relief India Trust thinks that children in India are far too impoverished to take the burden on their shoulders of carrying forward the baton to a successful future.
Let’s look at the statistics. As per a report collaborated by Human Rights Watch, India in totality has around 430 million children under the age of 18. Around 1.7 million kids die even before the age of 5. 43% of the ‘survived’ kids battle malnutrition while growing up. Isn’t it criminal of us to choose them as the torchbearers of India’s growth when we have trouble managing 2 square meals a day for them? Relief India Trust thinks that there is a dire need to nurture these kids. Future of India or not, getting fed properly is their basic need and right.
Kids who are under fed suffer major physical and mental troubles. Due to lack of nutrition, their physical growth gets stunted. Also, malnutrition leads to improper mental development. That begs the question. Are we doing enough for the young guns of the country who supposedly are the future of our civilization? It is a question that would incorporate some soul searching.