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Rasoi Ghar Is Not Just About Free Food, It's About Community Building

Rasoi Ghar Is Not Just About Free Food, It's About Community Building
Rasoi Ghar Is Not Just About Free Food, It's About Community Building
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Ignorance, they say, is bliss. And this cliche, like any other, helps us to continue with our unruffled lives. But what happens to its power when tens and thousands of starving, slouchy childrenin our ever-increasing slumscan no longer be comfortably overlooked? Well, then it's time to grapple with some statistics, like: there is a death every 3.6 seconds in the world and, more alarmingly, 75 per cent of the dead are children. Think for a moment: how much does it take to skip one meal, a meal that could feed a child who hasn't eaten anything for the past two days? Actually, not much. Rasoi Ghar, a World Voices volunteering initiative, is not exactly that, though. In fact, there is more to it than just philanthropic distribution of free food packets. It's about community participation. Modelled on the lines of a soup kitchen, the volunteers, about 12 undergraduate students from Delhi University pursuing courses as diverse as psychology and political science, give up a meal once a week and spend that day with a family in Delhi's Yamuna Pushta. They then seek to be multi-sponsored by...
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