As I looked down from the bay balcony of the new E4D centre, I saw a part of the large empty plot of land right next to us littered with plastic. I shifted my eyes to the roadside a little further, I saw a large round dustbin right there! Why did the people choose to dispose garbage on this empty plot just ten metres away from the dustbin? Is there a problem with the psychology of the community? There has to be an analysis as to what motivates people toward such actions.
As I was lost in these thoughts, a herd of cows was approaching the plot as they were left to graze. The cows were not grazing near the fresh green plants. Instead, they were feeding on the plastic garbage disposed in the “Dustbin Area”. The sound of the cows chewing plastic was audible loud and clear in the dead silence of the night.
“Two cows died near the favvara centre” I heard my mother’s voice in my head when I was a little kid back in Bilaspur. “ Their bodies were cut open and loads of plastic came out of their guts. They could not digest it and hence died ”, I remember being horrified at my own imagination of the unfortunate cows and their bellies. Oh shit, I need to do something NOW ! , I thought as I looked for materials to put up the signs. I grabbed a few sketch pens, a piece of cardboard and clear tape. I started to scribble on the cardboard. Then, I looked for stuff to make the chassis of the sign. Ted and Sid entered the centre from behind after sometime.
Ted: “Dude, that’s awesome! Let me take a picture!”
Sid: “ I can try making the ‘NO GARBAGE’ sign for you”
We decided we will put up the sign first thing in the morning. I sat at my computer all night designing a poster for the “Save Cows” campaign. The end result is shown below. It is yet to be printed and put up in the “Dustbin Area”.
E4D is all about community development. And animals are very much a part of our community!
Sixty Five years ago, as the clock struck midnight on the 15th of August, 1947, India’s first ever Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Long ago, India had made a tryst with destiny, and it is time she redeems her pledge. As the world sleeps, India awakes to life and freedom.”
And it was a hard won freedom. It was a freedom earned by shedding the life-blood of its sons and the heart-blood of its daughters; millions of men and women who kissed the noose because they believed in a dream. A dream of an India where all classes of men live equally, where there is no fragmentation based on religion, an India which does not tolerate the oppression of a man by another.
Sixty five years since independence, and this dream is yet unfulfilled. Why? Is it because the government does not care? Before we go trashing the administration, let’s take a hard, long look at ourselves. What we, as individuals, have done to realize this dream? We all live our lives, a family, kids, and a comfortably paying job. Is that enough? Do we owe nothing to the countless millions who sacrificed everything they had so that we could have a future?
I do. I owe my existence, mind, body and soul, the fact that I’m still breathing, to them. I’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream come true. E4D makes me believe that I’m not alone in trying to achieve the India of our dreams. We at E4D, believe that an education can shape the way people think and act. Education is a catalyst which will speed India’s road to all that she dreams to achieve. E4D intends to make that happen.
Okay people, wherever you are, whenever you have 5 minutes to spare,
WE NEED YOU to start surveying “regular” Indian folks, aged 17 and up —
They might be your friends, siblings, parents, cousins, or anyone in
your extended family.
They might be housekeepers, home makers, shop workers, auto drivers,
servers, gardeners, carpenters, petrol station attendants, security
guards, pickpockets, cow herders…
They MUST be Indian residents, and have basic literacy in at least one language (any language)
Brief, fixed interview format —
Your job is to ask the questions, in whatever language appropriate,
and note the person’s responses, for entry into our form:
Please survey as VARIED a group of people as possible.
Thank you for supporting E4D!
When I came to know about the “Education for development” project. I thought this is what I actually wanted to do in my life. A feeling came into my heart that I can change the Education system of India through E4d. This is the big platform for me to act and get results.
I feel that there is a lack of quality education between the school and College. What is lacking? That is the question! I strongly feel that what today’s university is offering is just the pressure. One thing because of which we Indians are not able to grow intellectually is the pressure. Our teachers just want to give us the pressure, so that they think we can perform better. But giving pressure every time is not good.
So much pressure kills the innovation and creativity of a student. This system is destroying the future of our nation.
There is no place for Innovation or New Idea, only Cramming. Just cram when you are in school or in college.
Just run for the good grades. We are not taught how to approach a problem neither given a space to think.
These were the thoughts that came when I heard of E4d. Thats why I joined the project. I wholeheartedly worked and is regularly working for the same.
I have a punch line for E4d –
“We at E4d are the revolutionaries of today’s modern India. Want to improve the thinking of every Indian and all those who think that India cannot Succeed.”
“A perk is something you offer people in exchange for their contribution. Perks give contributors an additional non-monetary incentive to support your campaign.” [http://www.indiegogo.com/crowdfunding-tips]
Akshat Wahi suggested that we can give away “E4D Stereo Can Speakers” (custom i4d design) as an Indiegogo perk — for example, if someone donates >$100 to the E4D campaign.
What other *awesome* perks can we offer prospective donors? Please add your ideas in the comments below….