Caring with a humane touch

Babu Ram Gautam

September 28, 2020

6 MIN READ

Caring with a humane touch
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An unprecedented crisis has brought the world to such a stage that it is beyond our understanding. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has also provided people with an avenue to express compassion, and empathy toward other people who are at the margins.

In fact, there is a significant number of good Samaritans doing their part in bringing cheer, and tears of happiness to people facing severe problems due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These people have been going out of their way to serve or feed someone less fortunate.

Unfortunate, but true. The pandemic has made several people jobless, homeless, support-less and foodless.

In such a situation, people, who are hungry looking for food, no matter what! It’s tough to manage a belly without a job, or salary, or without a business. And, salute goes to those campaigners with big hearts and great souls trying their best to put one brick from their side as part of their social responsibility.

Several street children, people with disabilities, manual workers, and intellectual distracters, among others, are starving.

When the starvation of the poor hardly becomes an issue to the government some kind-hearted people ranging from businessmen to doctors, or social workers to social motivators, and actors to engineers, among others have come to the fore to feed the hungry people, no matter what.

Coronavirus transmission is secondary as they are dying with their appetite. Have the demanded hospital investigation or something unusual? Perhaps, not.

They are merely struggling to live their valuable life without being panicked by hunger. And, there are good Samaritans who have come to the fore to support those people in need. Indeed, they deserve appreciation.

It gives immense pleasure to see several kind-hearted campaigners providing food packets for the needy, poor, street children, and hungry people in different areas.

Places such as Buspark, Tundikhel, Koteshwor, Gaushala, Gangabu, Kalimati are privileged with those generous folks sharing and caring for the hungry and helpless.

Needy people walk every day to these “holy” spots by walking a few miles for a plate of food.

To recall the day when the country’s big-shots were celebrating the Constitution Day at Tundikhel, hundreds of hungry people, who had “no interest” on the celebration, were holding plates for food.

What could be more torturous for these hungry people to be chased away by the police merely because the President was coming to the venue for the celebration of Constitution Day? Can there be anything more inhumane than this? A question to ponder!

To recall, Nepal’s Constitution has been dubbed one of the most ‘progressive, socialist’ constitutions that have incorporated all rights for the poor and the marginalized.

Moreover, the constitutional has provisioned the Right to Food and Shelter. However, the starving people were chased away just to go through the formalities of the Constitutional Day.

When the starvation of the poor hardly becomes an issue to the government some kind-hearted people ranging from businessmen to doctors, or social workers to social motivators, and actors to engineers, among others have come to the fore to feed the hungry people, no matter what.

At a time when news reports of corruption, black market, and bankruptcy, some news about generosity and manifestation of humanity gives somehow give relief to the people.

News of some generous landlords excusing the rent for their tenants has been soothing.

For instance, a 19-year-old girl supported for some unidentified souls. Popular actor Rajesh Hamal joined the Hunger-Free Campaign. Dr. Rita has been feeding as many as 1,000 orphans and street children in a day.

However, there seems to be no concrete action on the part of the government. Therefore, salute goes to those who work and serve the needy.

A kind soul named Raju has started food stall in some 15 places of Kathmandu. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Rabindra Mishra, among others are supporting the street children.

The Rotary Club handed Rs 20 lakh for the hunger-free campaign, etc. This news is soothing notes to humanity in this inhuman human world. In fact, not all have such a heart.

Unfortunately, some people and groups are indulged in corruption and black marketing even during such a pandemic. This means that people still want to take advantage of the situation.

This means that those who have been guided by spiritual and social service deserve a salute for their endeavor.
Even a four years child walks miles away only for food. Street vendors and their families walk miles only for food.

Sick and unable people crawl and scroll miles away only for food.

On the other hand, the government claims to have distributed relief package for the hungry and spent around Rs 1,200 million for relief package at the first stage.

However, there seems to be no concrete action on the part of the government. Therefore, salute goes to those who work and serve the needy.

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