SOULTales - Character Strengths, Stories & Vocabulary
Sunday, May 15, 2011
A Deep Connection - Inspiring Lives
Sometimes we realise that people are indeed the most unique in the world. Whatever said and done for every Evil that happens....(yet that need not happen)...the Good that happens is also manifold.
Meet Mrs.Beulah of The Refuge Foundation, she had a calling (she says), from early childhood to take care of children. The children we take pity on but rarely step forward to do anything about. Yet her family wanted normal things for her, marriage, husband, job and twin sons.
But one day she took that step of faith into another world. She quit her teaching job and started taking in children abandoned by parents and society. Now she runs an orphanage (I cannot call it that, as what we saw was a wonderfully warm Home), with 19 children. With the support of her husband who continues to work in a school, and her twin sons, who are equally compassionate, she takes care of these children like they are her own.
Meet Mahesh ,whose mother died and father was incapable of looking after him and his siblings. He was raised in an Orphanage, currently working in a call center and studying by correspondence. He shared his story of struggle,that he was born in the slum and abandoned, yet his positive spirit and his need to achieve and educate himself was inspiring for us adults. He holds the fact that it is individual people in his lives who stood by him and encouraged him that has made him come so far.The little ones did not understand much, yet Mahesh himself was very touched and moved and told the little ones that Education is what makes us who we are and that we must learn to gain more (by the way he speaks excellent English!).
It was a wonderful space for me and my friends, Neeta and Sherin, who came along with me. We were touched, moved and inspired! I am in deep gratitude to them for coming and making the interaction memorable.
I hope to have many more such interactions and hope that others will take this up. For if we as individuals start interacting with our communities, then only we can be the change we want to see....
Together We can Aspire New Futures....
(The Refuge Foundation-Mrs. Beulah John; No 72, Bonn Mann Enclave; Kottanuru; Bangalore 77; firstname.lastname@example.org)