The Power to Change
By Aditya Shrey
Power, a simple five letter word is not so simple. Power signifies emotion, stature, strength, position and also a scientific terminology. So what is power; According to famous German sociologist, jurist, and political economist Max weber, power is the ability to exercise one’s will over others. We always read about the race to gain power, with deep introspection some may even call this world an eternal running track where everyone is striving to achieve ‘the power’ they desire.
We may wonder, so what is our power, or in a cliché way, what is the most ‘powerful’ power. The most ‘powerful’ power on this earth is the human soul on fire. The fire for a change to a better India, a better world where no child is in shackles of Child Labour and Trafficking. Where no one can snatch his/her most basic gift of life that is the innocence and carefree childhood. Where every child can dream in open sunlight rather than drudge in dark dungeons. Where no stone is unturned towards wiping out child labour from our locality, state, country and world.
In my Raising awareness plan, I met some of the most powerful people, people who acted as the agents of change and were ready to put their soul on fire to bring the change. One of the many was Vimla Devi an illiterate school cook, Sonu Mandal who had worked as a child labourer in a brick kiln. They have the realisation that ‘when we have the power to create our reality is the moment when our reality changes‘. These people didn’t have what we may call the material power, but they have something much greater than that, the power to bring change. I am grateful enough to KSCF for giving me an opportunity to meet such inspirational people. These people helped me in reaching out to different underprivileged families, and raising awareness among them.
My awareness plan reached out to thirty underprivileged families, twenty potential employers and thirty privileged consumers. It was a wonderful experience to enhance my skills of observation and communication. And to also raise awareness as a medium of hope and courage. The people I reached out to mostly were very cooperative and helpful. Although, in certain situations it was tough to explain the underprivileged families the importance of money over education, and for potential employers to convince them to do something for a greater good for the nation by eradicating child labour. The privileged consumers also cooperated well and most of them were ready to utilise their privilege and entitlement for the betterment of the society. Last but not the least, I would like to extend my appreciation to the dedicated volunteers of KSCF as their material made the Reach out easier and effective.