‘Ubuntu’ is a Zulu (Africa) term that is part of the proverb, ‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’. It means ‘I am because we are’. It’s the very essence of being human, being compassionate and of being aware that my humanity is tied to yours. Its one single word that has the potential to unite one and all on the grounds of being human first.
The very reason for me to recollect this term was flood scenes and depredation of Kerala at the hands of nature’s wrath. TV, print media and social media are replete with the stories of devastation. Nature never discriminate on the basis of political, regional, religious or gender grounds. It treats with abundance or with fury to one and all on the basis of equality.
When enjoying the abundance, one may not need the company. However in case of adversity, one needs the support… support to withstand it, to stay afloat and to gain balance later.
We are, from pre-historic ages, a species that’s gregarious. Time now has come to show that we really belong to one society that feels, throbs and acts for its every member. How can I be happy if my neighbour is facing the challenges and is struggling to live? How can I sleep peacefully when my brothers and sisters, out there at large, are left with no shelter? How can I savour delicacies when thousands of my brethren are without any morsel?
All these thoughts thronged my mind since last Sunday when my dear friends Jayshankar and Smitha narrated the shattering and ruinous stories from back there at Kerala. This husband and wife duo, the well-placed bankers, were at our residence to collect the donations for flood hit victims. This time working for their Sangham, they were running up and down, knocking on the doors of friends, for the noble cause. I felt thankful that through this trusted channel, we could be of some use.
Once they left, the thought of helping Kerala and its people when they needed it most, lingered on. Few hours later that day, my daughters’ friends came calling her for the dance practise. They are, now a day, preparing for the dance performance during the Ganapati festival that is celebrated in our society, every year with much fan fair. At that very moment, I wondered whether the Lord himself would like to be entertained when some of his children are going through the toughest of the times? That gave me a thought of letting go of all the celebrations and welcoming the Lord with simplicity sans any grandeur, pomp and show. The donations towards the festivity can then be passed on to take care of some of the needs of the flood victims.
Next step was to bring this thought to the notice of the Ganapati Festival committee and my friends. I did the same. I am hopeful that it would be paid heed to and we would contribute in wiping the tears from the devastated faces.
There isn’t more joy in anything than seeing someone smile again. I am sure you all have experienced this in person. God isn’t in temples, churches or mosques. It’s in the people around us. Time now for us to see, to realise, to witness that God and do our bit.
Please consider this as a genuine plea to join the hands and help Kerala restore its normalcy. Lets help in rebuilding it. Its our turn to bring back the lost shine on the face of “God’s own country”
Sharing the details of some of the agencies that are working at the ground zero. Please contact them to know the requirement in terms of cash or kind.
1) CM’s relief fund:
A/C no: 67319948232
Bank Name: State Bank Of India, City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
Account Type: Savings
Swift Code: SBININBBTO8
2) OXFAM (NGO)
Andrio Naskar: +91 9830584974
Basab Sarkar: +91 7080997766
3) Helpage India (NGO)
Athira P Mani: +918547992036
4)Art Of Living (NGO)
5) Care India (NGO)
Shyamala Ashok: +917708064030
6) SEWA International (NGO)
Nishant Agarwal: +919910550176
Deepak Singh: +919654116997
7) Childfund India (NGO)
Manjusha Adlakha: +919717010244
8) Save The Children (NGO)
Ray Kancharia: +919818792326
Devendra Tak: +919811168488
9) Action Aid (NGO)
Avinash Sapru: +919811314654
Ravi SK: +919205813143
Kalyan Satpathy: +919868628120
Sandeep Saxena: +919899108499
10)Caritas India (NGO)
+91 11- 23363390 / 23742339
Details of NGOS and CM relief fund courtesy Times Of India, dated Aug 23, 2018 (Page no 13)
Linking this post to #FridayReflections by Corinne Rodrigues of EverydayGyaan