Rao Sir, here is the answer....Very recently, Rao Sir, a highly respected Member of this website had responded to my thread about our feeling helpless about the condition of those who are, unfortunately, not as lucky as we are. They are quite poor. So, what do we do?
I did discuss this with a couple of friends. They do agree that small drops make an ocean. But doing something ambitious, does not help at all. Here is what seems to be emerging as a possible idea. For implementation.
The logic is simple. Let us work together by talking to like minded residents and some rich people (including merchants) for doing something to just two or three families. Call it "Society for VoluntarySocial Action (SVCA). Let this be a registered society, under law. Let us pool cash through donations and in kind as well. For example, if there is a slum, let us start a dialogue with just one of the poorest families. If the bread winner is dead and the widow is untrained, the next logical step is to train her in some skill like tailoring or basket weaving and so on. Let she not only be supported with the sewing machine, but also let us talk to some gated community members to support her in terms of business. For example, let the women get all their blouses stitched only through this woman. One family, some support. Some real action.
The managing trustee members should not touch a pie of the corpus for their needs. If I need to take an Ola taxi, let me do it at my expense. If it means that some donar some twenty kilometers away wants to donate, I meet him at my expense. The accounts shall be audited and everything should be transparent. All records should be maintained. The scope can be expanded to planting of trees, free education of poor children of chosen families, free tuition with interested senior citizens and so on. When things start to happen, let the momentum pick up. Everything should be done through voluntary help. In Chennai, volunteers ( many IT professionals included) involved themselves in deeping of ponds.
Rao Sir and others, what do you think about this proposal?