The month of September brings with itself plenty of important events to make this month a month full of happiness by spreading care, joy and humanity of the occasion.
Have a look at the list below and find out a cause that will resonate with you:
Teacher’s Day (September 5)
Everybody needs a teacher to guide them along the right path. However, the principal impact of a teacher lies not in imparting knowledge but rather, in inspiring young minds. A good teacher is dedicated, transformative, patient and trustworthy. But a great teacher’s tutelage sticks throughout one’s life.
On Teacher’s Day, experience the joy of transforming and guiding someone’s life. Take the example of Himalayan Academy’s Project Alpha, which is trying to build a classroom for underprivileged children and provide them with living space and education for free!
Alternatively, you can make a great difference to your local school by starting a fundraiser like this one to provide better learning resources or even go out to sponsor the education of a child here!
Alzheimer’s Day (September 21)
In 1940, the average life expectancy for an a Indian stood at 41 years. Six decades later, it has risen to 60 years. Security and a healthy life for the elderly in India is threatened by lack of laws to protect them as well as a low number of homes and shelters to help them. In most cases, the elderly who lack a family to take care of them, end up living miserable lives.
This is especially true for people with Alzheimer’s Disease who need intensive care but are not giving any. Those who suffer from the problem are often abandoned or put into ill-equipped old age homes. . Alzheimer’s often starts manifesting itself in the form of dementia and progressively becomes much worse to the point where they are unable to fend for themselves. This is even more aggravating if the elderly suffers from abandonment, destitution and desolation. In India, nearly 40% of the elderly live alone, It is vital, therefore, that we do our best to care for them.
You can help Dignity Foundation in their effort to ensure that the elderly don’t go to bed hungry every night. Through their plan, they seek to provide 50 elderly with food rations at least for one year to help them live better lives.
World Rose Day (September 22)
Diagnosed with Askin Tumour, a rare form of blood cancer, the 12-year-old Canadian, Melinda Rose, was given only 2 weeks to live. However, she defied the odds and spent the next 6 months of her life full of love and joy, all the while raising awareness about how important care and support is for cancer patients.
In her memory and that of many others who strived against this debilitating disease, every 22nd September is honoured as the World Rose Day. On this day, people suffering from cancer are offered roses as a kind of gesture and no matter how jaded the struggle gets, it’s always comes as a kind and considerate surprise to those fighting this disease.
Here in India, the problem is even more acute. Many children suffer from cancer with most of them being congenital; and since a substantial proportion of them come from poor families, the problem becomes so much more critical.
5-year-old Neil Adam is one such child undergoing the harrowing ordeal of combating cancer. He has been battling Leukemia for over a year and his condition had witnessed some mild improvements followed by a subsequent major early relapse and now the cancer is back in full force. With your help, we can help Neil get the much needed bone marrow transplant surgery which, as of now, is his only option to survive.
Day of the Deaf (September 26)
Imagine what it would feel like to never ever be able to experience music, hear the voices of the loved ones or listen to the sounds of nature again. Quite unthinkable, no? Yet, millions of Indians live their lives through that prospect, some say the number could be as high as 60 million.
Due to their inability to hear, the deaf are unable to employ language in the same way as we do. The only non-written mode of communication they have is through the use of sign language which is understood by only a few.
Couple deafness with blindness and you have the most crippling form of disability altogether. Lack of two critical senses makes them more vulnerable than other and as a result, they have to spend their lives within the confines of their own homes requiring constant supervision. However, with proper education and care this problem can be overcome, as evidenced by the example of Helen Keller who went on to become one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century.
AAINA aims to empower 30 deaf-blind children with the same by providing them with proper education and critical communication skills. Their effort could prove vital in enabling these children to become independent and better integrate within the society. You can read about their deeply moving story here.
World Tourism Day (September 27)
India hosts about 10 million tourists each year and generates 220 billion USD in 2016, nearly 10% of the GDP and provides over 40 million jobs. A major chunk of the tourism sector includes environmental and wildlife tourism. It is therefore, imperative that our environmental resources are protected and wildlife preserved.
And it is the cities that deserve protection, too. Our national capital Delhi consistently ranks among the most polluted cities in the world and air pollution poses a significant health risk to everyone residing within and detracts potential visitors who wish to experience the rich heritage and culture of the place. To help ease the burden, Verhaen Khanna has decided to protect 1713 trees from destruction in Pragati Maidan, with an aim to help the city breathe better. You can join New Delhi Nature Society on their project to save the city’s lungs.
Though the above days are good reasons, any day is a great day to start a fundraiser for your cause!