Mr Alindra Naskar, founder and Director of the New Life Centre inSarberia has just spent a month in England visiting old friends,making new friends and spreading the good news about his belovedschool and Vocational Training Centre. Whether it was a small housegathering, a Church group, school visit, or a high powered boardmeeting, Mr Naskar's message was always the same and delivered fromthe heart, 'How fortunate he had been in his life so now he wasgiving back to his own community, so that they too could appreciatethe benefits of a good education'.
Men with vision like Mr Naskar are always looking for ways to improve thelives not only of the children whose potential has yet to berealised, but also the adults who have not had the benefit of a goodeducation, hence the VTC. As someone with a medical background, he isalso keen to provide Sarberia with a Health Clinic, where locals canbe treated inexpensively, but also learn about hygiene and goodhealth practice. He is concerned about the disaffected youth in thevillage who have dropped out of the government schools, and thereforeorganises youth gatherings to try to motivate them, as well asproviding picnics for the old people to gather and share theirconcerns with one another.
Mr Naskar thoroughly enjoyed his time here and he was impressed at ourstandard of living and our infinite choices in everything from foodto facilities to commodities. What impressed me when I visitedSarberia was the close knit community and the way that a man like MrNaskar would use his entire retirement fund to finance his school,and in cooperation with Hands Around the World, his VTC.
Why has our affluence resulted in a poverty of community spirit?Hopefully this is a question the developing world will resolve, asthey too improve materially and economically.
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