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|5th January 2010, 15:18||#46|
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Giving money will not solve their problems, buying uniform, cloths and some books should do the trick. Ley your maid pay the fees, also lend a helping hand if see needs some money for the fee, but remember you just lend the money and keep the expectations right.
|5th January 2010, 15:49||#47|
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In your place I would assess the maid's children,and undertake to foot the school fees,unform and books expenses for the brightest one till he/she finishes school. In fact if a few of you pool together, you can take care of the educational needs of two/three children up to school final level,on condition that the mother does not make them work and allows them to study. Beyond that God will show them a way. They will not be studying in any fancy school, so it will not be very expensive.
That is how we help the downtrodden in our area. Actually those are the lives to which we can really make a difference; If even one child from that background studies and breaks out of the vicious circle, he/she will pull up the entire family to the next level. I am a volunteer to an NGO which is involved in such activities, and I have seen a few real life fairy tales.
In fact the Infosys foundation runs a center in Bangalore for training children from such backgrounds for Call centre/BPO jobs. I visited this place last February to study if the model can be replicated in Chennai.
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|5th January 2010, 15:50||#48|
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lets be realistic
india is a poor country and this kind of thing does tend to happen. Charity begins at home like they say so I guess you could try and help the maid partly fund the girls education, books uniform on the condition that she sends her to school and that once a week the girl comes home and shows her notebooks and lessons to you, as well as the test results every now and then. This may be a good way to enforce the rule nicely and gently and yet, with firmness. you could contact the Parikrama foundation - they provide first class education for under-privileged kids!
I understand how you feel because i feel the same - each time we go to a mall and possibly have a snack at a food court or somewhere, we invariably see a cleaning lady or someone else around who may never be able to afford a meal in that same place, but throughout her workday is forced to see people splurge, waste and so on. Imagine how horrible that must feel especially if she has hungry kids at home to feed.
charity begins at home so lets try and do what we can for those who serve us and for those in our immediate neighbourhoods - at least we will begin to make some kind of difference.
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|6th January 2010, 12:39||#49|
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I will try and analyse the shortfalls, look at the money being earned by the family on a monthly basis and see how I can get them better work which will pay just that required to help the children study comfortably with their own parents money. The maids husband is a watchman with no constant pay and guards over a number of shops in the market. I want to see how I can regularise his income better.
More when I get back to India. I need to take this up myself. All this I got after I asked my wife to quiz them about their earnings and expenses.
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