November 15, 2012
After visiting the villages in Tamilnadu for just a short while, I was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised. I was surprised by the smiles I was greeted with and the bursting potential of all of the village youth. Their energy, wit and enthusiasm was contagious. They were so much more wealthy than I originally imagined. I couldn't help but think how incredible it would be if their potential could all be channeled through the avenue of self-improvement. I was unpleasantly surprised to see a few basic problems that act as deadly parasites to the society. Ignorance of things like basic hygiene, where the villagers had never seen a toothbrush before of even heard of dental hygiene. Rampant alcoholism, where a man in his mid 50's stumbled into the middle of our cricket match at 12:00 noon. The villagers simply need a guiding hand that can lead them to self-sufficiency, that will allow them to productively harness their own potential. CORD USA is doing just that through things like the Mahila Mandil sessions specifically focus on empowering women because they are the anchors of the village. Through the heartwarming and selfless service of individuals such as Dr. Meera, CORD's mission of dynamic love is making a strong impact on village communities and I hope we can all help it to do so through our time and resourecs.
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