Mr Alindra Naskar, founder and Director of the New Life Centre in
Sarberia has just spent a month in England visiting old friends,
making new friends and spreading the good news about his beloved
school and Vocational Training Centre. Whether it was a small house
gathering, a Church group, school visit, or a high powered board
meeting, Mr Naskar's message was always the same and delivered from
the heart, 'How fortunate he had been in his life so now he was
giving back to his own community, so that they too could appreciate
the benefits of a good education'.
Men with vision like Mr Naskar are always looking for ways to improve the
lives not only of the children whose potential has yet to be
realised, but also the adults who have not had the benefit of a good
education, hence the VTC. As someone with a medical background, he is
also keen to provide Sarberia with a Health Clinic, where locals can
be treated inexpensively, but also learn about hygiene and good
health practice. He is concerned about the disaffected youth in the
village who have dropped out of the government schools, and therefore
organises youth gatherings to try to motivate them, as well as
providing picnics for the old people to gather and share their
concerns with one another.
Mr Naskar thoroughly enjoyed his time here and he was impressed at our
standard of living and our infinite choices in everything from food
to facilities to commodities. What impressed me when I visited
Sarberia was the close knit community and the way that a man like Mr
Naskar 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?Attachments:
Hopefully this is a question the developing world will resolve, as
they too improve materially and economically.