Room of Hope #WATWB In Darkness, Be Light

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Another post about spreading some good news, good intentions and good ideas that are changing lives with We Are The World Blogfest.

Last month was extremely hectic, shifting my house, yet again and combined with the sporadic internet I did not share a post about We Are The World Blogfest. In this, September edition of the #WATWB, I share about the change, a single room has brought into the lives of many children.


The room, originally a temple storeroom, was turned into a coaching-centre-cum-creche five years ago for local children who would often be left unsupervised all day as their parents went out to earn a living. Social workers started bringing the children of rickshaw-pullers, house help or shop vendors, and engaging them in games, drawing and other activities.

A small room has helped curb child labour in the area and empowered girls to watch out for child abuse, trafficking and other crimes.

International Justice Mission (IJM), an organisation involved in rescuing trafficked victims and helping them get justice, has joined hands with local partners Asian Sahyogi Sanstha India (ASSI) to turn the space into a Community Children Welfare Centre and extend its reach. 


Your co-hosts for this month are: Eric LahtiInderpreet UppalShilpa GargSylvia Stein, and  Peter Nena Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!


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  2. hilarymb

    Hi Inderpreet – what a wonderful idea – that has spiralled into helping so many around the area … gosh so much can be learnt from this – and definitely all those little spaces could be put to good use. I bet the initiative has helped the children, while developing leaders from those who came to offer their adult help. Brilliant – thanks so much for sharing … cheers Hilary

  3. Shalzmojo

    What amazing thoughtfulness and sensitivity shown to a strata we hardly ever notice or bother to take note. Wonderful to read about child labour being kept on the low because of this initiative!

  4. Shilpa Garg

    How wonderful this is. A small initiative that is changing and impacting so many lives. Thanks for sharing this lovely story, Inderpreet!

  5. Susan Scott

    Thanks Indepreet – very heart warming. One room, many children … bless those who saw the need and engaged these children positively. Thank you also for being co-host this month … and have a great weekend!

  6. pythoroshan

    This was nice. It is the small things and gestures that deliver the biggest moments of hope for us.

  7. Sonia Chatterjee

    Small things can become such a big medium for a positive change. I really hope this single room brings about hope and better life for these people.

  8. Vasantha Vivek

    One room, one man, one kind deed make a great difference in lives of many people. This is such a loving deed. Thanks for letting us know about this!

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