Diwan and Bhupal belong to the villages of Uttaranchal. Farming and collecting firewood is the main occupation there. Having had experienced hardships in the village when both came across Mr’s proposal, they readily accepted it. Their journey towards achieving the SDGs started. Diwan and Bhupal were married, hence, were given separate accommodations. Their daily rations which included food, toiletries, clothing and apparel were taken care of. Visits to the doctor when Diwan’s and Bhupal’s wives were pregnant, were arranged. Keeping in mind the sustainable development goals of good health and well being & clean water and sanitation Mr. and Mrs. channelised their energies towards uplifting the families. They tried to inculcate in them the same values they abided by. Their instinct of kindness pushed them towards treating the two families as their very own. This is what I am trying to highlight by sharing this story. When Diwan and Bhupal’s families had children, it was a moment of great joy for Mr. and Mrs. The two children were looked after with great affection. During their infancy Mrs. took utmost care of their nutrition, providing them with the healthiest diet. They were taught hygiene habits as they grew up. This was in complete contrast to what they would have learnt at their village. The two children became the apple of their eyes. Every demand was met under the scrutiny of discipline. As they grew up, they were enrolled into a private school. The education of the children became a priority fulfilling the SDG number 4 on quality education. They kept Pvt. tutors for the kids so that they may learn as they grow. The children are 5 and 6 yrs old, and a bundle of joy. Their effervescence is infectious. For they have been loved and taken care of by the best hands. Mr. makes sure he deposits a certain amount of money in the name of the two children for a secure future. Hence, the number one sustainable development goal is fulfilled which is Remove Poverty.
Their story tells us that a small initiative and a big heart can help improve if not all but some lives. Imagine if each Urban family starts to take care of one rural family, how many families can we empower. Think. The answer is right here.