Some of our friends, this time decided to spend a day with people who are underprivileged (economically and hence socially!). So we decided to visit Home of Hope in Bangalore.
Before we talk about the day, let me introduce Hope Of Hope.
In the midst of a lot of privileges (economically and hence socially), most of us are busy chasing things we really don’t need in life; some of us start thinking about the reality of life but don’t know what to do; a few of us support financially for social causes without bothering about the end result; a very few of us find dedicated time in a consistent manner and respond to social needs for our fellow human…and very rarely one emerges to dedicate life to them – Auto Raja is one such soul! On a contrary, he was not enjoying all the so-called privileges of an urban life, (maybe) hence, he responded to the needy on the streets. He started accommodating such people suffering from unbelievable anguish, in his own small house, way back in 1997 under the name ‘New Ark Mission India (NAMI)’. He wanted to provide them, at least the basic needs – food, shelter, clothes and medicine; on top of all – some dignity in life…at least a respectful death!! Hence Home of Hope!
Today, it has 3 different wings – for men, for ladies and for kids – and almost 750 inhabitants!!! They all enjoy a better life at Home of Hope, with new little hopes in life!
We reached there in the morning and visited the ladies wing first.
We spend time talking to some of them. Many of them are physically and mentally ill and were thrown to the hard test in the streets….different stories of family and social brutality they faced before reaching Home of Hope.
We next visited kids wing. Kids were playing as it is a no school day! Some kids were disabled and need help to even move around. Many of them came to us and they wanted us to talk, carry them and play with them….Yeah, they don’t get that on an everyday basis! We distributed some snacks for them and spent some time with them.
We had arranged special lunch for all the friends in Hope of Hope. Along with Home of Hope team, we distributed lunch. We started lunch distribution at Men’s wing. Some students from a nearby college also joined us. There were more than 300 men of different ages at Men’s wing. Same story as Ladies wing – physically and mentally changed, some of them even can’t respond or eat food by themselves.
We joined in serving food for Ladies and kids later.
We ensured to reserve some snacks for their evening tea.
Smiling faces….it left some nice feeling in all of us when we returned. Hats off to Auto Raja and Team Home of Hope! Thanks to my friends and my lil boys who joined and spent the whole day together with them!
A day with some differences….and also a thought – we must do better in a consistent way!
If you want to know more about Home of Hope: www.newarkmission.org ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; +9180-28445509; +9180-65997274