Newsletter january 2014 for global solutions pay it forward
A New Year To Remember !!
2013 ended very well for the volunteers from
Volunteer in India – Pay it Forward at Mother
Teresa’s Roses, Quepem, South Goa, India.
Spending Christmas and the New Year with them
was Magical – with the best gift of all yet to come.
The Children had just resumed school in the New
02 January 2014 –
In the morning the Sisters of Mother Teresa’s
Roses, Quepem - prepared the food for
distribution and packed some Christmas sweets
too. Sr. Victoria, Nelson, Francis, Shushil &
Myself went out to distribute the food to the needy
and scout for people needing basic medical care,
a haircut, or a sponge bath.
03 January 2014 –
Since one sister had to stay at home. Sr. Victoria
was replaced by Sr. Maria. The rest of the group
stayed the same.
It was only thirty minutes into our food distribution
when Sr. Maria spotted Krishna on the street, after
handing him food – Sr. Maria asked him if he
would like to have his hair cut and he said “YES”.
The scissors came out but, some of us had to rush
off to get a comb as his hair was knotted, some
water, a shaving kit etc. The haircut soon turned
into a shave – followed by a sponge bath with a
bucket of water provided by a shopkeeper when
he realised we were going to use the bottled water
purchased from his shop for the bath !!
Krishna spoke only Malayalam and during all the
happenings – Krishna spoke of Kerala and how for
the last two years he had been living on the
streets as he couldn’t find work; his desire to
return home some day etc.. After his bath, when
he saw himself in his new clothes and looking
good – he decided it was time to go home !!
We drove him to the train station, bought him a
ticket and very soon farewelled him. Contd.......
A New Year To Remember !! Contd......
We have our fingers crossed that he arrived in Kerala safe & sound and he is re-united with his
people. He only has one number to contact us and one day we are hoping he will use it to say
he is one happy chappy – to be home amongst his people. A fantastic start to the New Year
for all of us.
I cannot imagine being stuck in a city which he thought would be paradise – only for it to be his
worst nightmare – with language difficulties and no work available – fast running out of money
and not having a way to go back as he had sold everything to get here from Kerala.
There have been many such days for the Roses in
the past and there will be many more incredible
days in the future. For now I am just thankful that I
was part of that incredible experience !! Not
forgetting the Magic of Christmas & New Year
with the Sweetest Naughty Children (the
Quepem Home for Boys) in the world !!
If only people volunteered just a wee bit of their time
instead of throwing money at the problems, the
world would be ...
You could be spending your time helping a person
or animal or fish or bird or the environment or ....
Showing that you care about your surroundings,
your community and the world you live in, is what
matters the most !!
Here’s hoping you add some volunteer work to your
New Year’s Resolution List !!
On behalf of everyone who does volunteer work I
wish you - A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year !!
WE DON’T TAKE OR ASK FOR DONATIONS OF ANY KIND.
WE ONLY ASK YOU FOR A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR PRECIOUS TIME !!
Making a Difference Through Helping Vulnerable
Sections of Society.
OUR MISSION, Aims & Objectives
Getting people across the world to:
Spend at least two hours a week helping others.
Take time out of their hectic lives to help those in
Care about the community they live in; AND
Getting like minded people around the table to
discuss requirements in their community and
then follow it up with action.
I love social media – it educates me everyday. I see
pictures of impoverished kids, of suffering aged, of dying
animals. I see drought stricken families, kids eating
scraps of food, flood ravaged homes, beggars on
streets. I see hundreds of ‘likes’, ‘re-tweets’, ’comments’
on them. People sitting in their own comforts are pasting
these posters with loud ‘1 like = 1 salute’ or ‘1 like = 1$’
or “money isn’t everything”.
Unfortunately, neither the likes, nor the salutes or the
dollars are reaching the target (intended receipients).
The target has just been reduced to, just a target. DSLR
laden upcoming photographers are clicking them, laptop
holding thinkers are quoting them and email savvy
people are forwarding them. Everyone is sympathetic,
but not many are helping them.
More Human, Than Human !!
- Volunteer in Singapore (Avijit Patnaik)
If those ’likes’, ‘retweets’, ‘comments’ were to be
converted to a dollar each, the world poverty percentage
would have been a much reduced number than 50
percent. Yes, 50 percent of the world inhabitants survive
at less than 2.5 USD per day, 80 percent of global
population survive at less than 10 USD per day. This, in
the same world where one percent wealthiest are
holding 75% of global wealth. Two centuries ago (data
of 1820, to be exact) the ratio of poor to rich was 3:1;
today in 2013, its 80:1.
But the rich don’t care. Heart of hearts they want the
poor to be eliminated, so that they get a share of their
resources to splurge. Let the dying, die fast.
Unfortunately - they aren’t. They are suffering,
scratching, stinking, coughing, bleeding, sinking - but
not dying at the rate the rich would like to eliminate
In real life, no matter how much we hate them, despise
them, shoo them away, abuse them, kick them, stay
away from them or sanitize hands after accidentally
touching them, in social media or club room
discussions, we just love them and have big words of
sympathy. It’s same with the media too. Celebrities,
film stars, sportsmen, industrialists who have access to
media, use it similarly too – every two hour charity trip
has a one hour long press conference.
Truth be told, social media users don’t even need to part with their hard earned money to see a
better world. If they save on the electricity of their aircon, the ten extra lights inside their five star
hotel rooms, or save water instead of playing in bath tubs at different temperatures, or stop food
wastage, walk more and drive less, install solar panels, reduce printing paper, switch off
electronics when not in use, donate unexpired medicines, used clothes and books; they would
have made a start. There is so much one can do without really needing to upset bank balances.
More Human, Than Human !! Contd...
Unfortunately we aren’t thinking or feeling much
for the needy; nor for our future generations.
When in doubt, guilt or need to reduce illegal
money, we just donate. A donation helps, but
your emotional contact helps much more. Once
we as humans start feeling for global wellness,
poverty will start getting eliminated.
Data suggests that if all nations had spent one
percent less on their defence resources over the
past decade, every child would have been going
to school smiling. Just one percent reduction
and yet states don’t want to achieve that. If you
ask any defence personnel globally to let go of
one percent of his/her income to manage this,
they may just willingly do it. Given a choice, they
would rather be monitoring a school full of smiling
poor kids, than staying awake overnight on a
deserted border area, awaiting another idiot
nation, shelling them.
As humans we can’t live without each other. The
world needs a constantly chattering, smiling,
munching, talking and jesting population.
Everyone needs neighbours. You prefer walking
into a crowded mall than into an absolutely
deserted one. We like crowded streets, colours,
styles, cultures, dresses... Yet we leave out 80
percent of our population. Imagine in an equal
world, you would end up having ten times more
friends, followers, fans.... Ten times more likes,
comments, re-tweets. How cool!
So next time you see a post roaring to “get a life”,
“undertake an adventure sport” or “living life”, try
suggesting some ‘humane’ solutions to these
problems. Yes, the rich have problems. They are
struggling on how best to live life with all their
money. Try consulting them –
maybe adopting a family is an unparalleled
giving life to a dying patient is better version
of living life;
teaching a child to help form a career could
be getting him/her a life.
There are ways, there are means, there are
some with intent also, but what most of us need
is a human heart to do it. So do it.
Set an example in front of your kids. Be their
torch bearer….in lighting up a brighter world for
A Volunteer’s Story !!
( 01 November - 14 November 2013. Volunteer in India – Pay it Forward)
A Volunteer’s Story !!
( 21 December 2013 - 05 January 2014. Volunteer in India – Pay it Forward )
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MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK !!
It is always good to see new people on our
Facebook Group or adding people onto the
What is even better is our first contribution
from Singapore !! Fingers crossed there will
be more people contributing in the near
Fantastic to have some the people who were
involved in the past come back with renewed
Welcome !! Welcome Aboard !! And
Welcome Back !!
Every one of us has different skills, some of
us are good at teaching, some of us are
good at reading, some of us are good at
dancing, some of us are good at
entertaining, some of us are good at writing,
some of us are good at just being there etc..
Don’t waste your talent – use it to help
people in need.
It takes all types of people to make the
world and Global Solutions & Volunteer
in India/Singapore/NZ/Canada/... – Pay it
Forward is no exception. Once again –
WELCOME 2 – Making a Difference !!
“We Love & Enjoy What We Do”
Welcome Aboard !!
The concept is really very simple and does not need
a formal set up or NGO status.
One can either go out and volunteer on their own or
get a group going with your friends or colleagues or
Volunteering can be rewarding & fun - There is a
social side as you meet like minded people.
People always think that volunteering is for old
people or house wives or it has to be a career in
social work. Not so, if you have a nice supportive
group – so, for the super busy people - it will
come down to just two hours a month. And it
won’t cut into your family or social life !!
Each photograph in this newsletter tells a story
and for those who are already volunteering you
know that it takes a some effort to get those
smiles shining through and once that happens -
along comes that nice fuzzy feeling in your heart
and that feeling that you did make a difference in
the life of the ....
Remember that one is not limited to volunteering
with people alone. There are animals, birds &
sea life facing extinction and need our help.
There is our environment which is taking a
There are hundreds of causes which need our
attention and so diversity and a huge number of
volunteers will help. Together – WE CAN MAKE
A DIFFERENCE !!
Don’t Quit !!
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is Queer with its twist and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worse,
THAT YOU MUST NOT QUIT.
One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much I had in my bank,
Nor what my clothes looked like.
One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of school I attended,
What kind of typewriter I used,
How large or small my church,
But the world may be....
A little better because.....
I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest Whitcraft