Kerala Flood – It’s time to be human, time to be kind

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.

It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

-Mother Teresa

World Humanitarian Day, a UN-declared commemorative day is celebrated every year on August 19th. The day honors global humanitarians who have worked towards promoting a cause and those who have lost their lives in the process. Each day of the year, there is a significant number of humanitarian aid workers who help millions of people around the globe, regardless of who, what or where they are. World Humanitarian Day acknowledges people who are humane and charitable.

The news on Kerala floods has taken the center stage. At least 400 people have lost their lives in the incessant rainfall across the state. The entire state has been on a red alert for quite a while.  As a tribute to few ordinary but noble citizens, we are highlighting stories of unknown people who believe in humaneness and want to make this a better world. Let’s read some inspiring stories of that will help restore faith in humanity.

Little hands, big hearts – Kochi duo. Young siblings Haroon and Diya emptied their piggy bank and donated 2210 INR to the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund in Kerala. This contribution was to help those school kids who lost their books and bags in the floods. Brother-sister duo had been painstakingly collecting and depositing money into their piggy banks since 2016.

Inspiring future – Anupriya, a seven- year old girl from Tamil Nadu donated 9000 INR to #Kerala flood. She had been saving the money for four years to buy a bicycle for herself. The girl’s act of kindness touched many hearts, and she was praised on Twitter. She got a special mention by celebrities too! Reacting to the post, Hero Cycles, a renowned cycle company of India tweeted, “Dear Anupriya, we appreciate your gesture to support humanity in the hour of need. You will get a new cycle from us.” Pankaj M. Munjal, Chairman & MD Hero Cycles – called her a “noble soul” and announced that she would get a new cycle each year, for the rest of her life.

The blanket man – Vishnu, is a blanket merchant based in Madhya Pradesh. He gave away his entire stock of blankets to the government shelter as soon as he heard the story of Kerala Floods.  To him, Kannur was his second home and had given him everything – from a place to stay to a livelihood that helped him support his family.

Beyond the call of Duty – National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue officer Kanhaiya Kumar rescued a child by carrying him in his arms and ran across a submerged bridge near the Idukki dam. As the water flowed, Kumar crossed the bridge with the child before it collapsed.  Even though rescuing people is part of Kanhaiya’s job, but the courage and bravery shown by the officer are what made the world, people and social media love him even more.

Fishermen: Unsung Heroes of Kerala – As soon as the news of the floods broke out, 500+ fishermen, both from Kerala and neighboring states responded immediately to the cry of help by turning up with mechanized rescue boats in places where the NDRF were not able to reach. The truly selfless act done voluntarily.

Jaiswal KP, Hero of Malappuram Village – Jaiswal, Fisherman in Malappuram village was amongst the rescuing fishermen. During the rescue mission in his area, Jaiswal encountered a situation. He saw two senior citizen women and a woman with her baby who was finding it difficult to get onto the rescue boat. This 32- year old gentleman did not think twice, he jumped into the water and got down on fours in waist deep water. He offered his back as a bridge for the women to get onto the rescue boat.

Why is kindness important?

As humans we are obsessed with ourselves, our bodies and our “material” wellbeing. In recent years increasing awareness of mental health has been observed but spiritual wellbeing ignored. Many confuse spirituality with faith and religion. Spirituality or spiritual health comes from compassion, the capacity to love, forgive, be altruistic, and above all give joy. Spiritual health is important because it makes you “human.” Often sharing happiness through a random act of kindness simultaneously makes other people happy, along with you. So be kind and humane!

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