In my blog of 10th December 2018, I had mentioned that using Paul Dunn’s concept of Buy1Give1(B1G1.com) in a slightly different way- because I don’t have a business of my own – I intend to give away a dollar for ever new follower of my blog/website and Linkedin – and achieve my objective of donating to my charities on a regular basis.
Based on the number of followers I have today on my website/blog and the new followers on Linkedin, I have added a dollar for each. I have been able to donate meals for one year for 12 kids on Akshay Patra. I have a target to reach the capability to sponsor one meal for one year for 100 kids. If the number of followers on my blog/website and Linkedin keep growing I should be able to hit this number also pretty fast. Right now I am active only on these two. Slowly I will raise my activity levels on other media as I see success. If you are interested in knowing more about the work the click Akshay Patra.
If you compare Tony Robbins’ agenda he wants to be able to feed 6-8 million people in a year. He has written 2 books Money Master the Game and Unshakable and donated all the proceeds to help achieve that objective.
My achievement seems so small compared to what Tony is doing. But as I mentioned, I got inspired by Paul Dunn’s Ted Talks that even very small regular interventions can dramatically improve the world. If you have not heard Paul’s 4 Ted talks, I sincerely suggest you watch them. So what I used to do haphazardly and irregularly earlier, now becomes a system.
In multiple posts earlier, I have mentioned that I follow Mohnish Pabrai, the US based fund manager who runs Pabrai investments. He runs the Dakshana foundation to which he is every year donating a certain portion of his wealth. Mohnish is an ardent follower of Warren Buffet and like Warren, wants to donate a certain portion of his wealth every year. This foundation helps poor, deserving kids in India, who have potential, to get trained so that they can appear for entrance exams and qualify for the best engineering (IITs) and medical institutes(AIIMS) in India.
Now Mohnish has a major lament, which I have noticed in his YouTube videos. He believes that given the speed at which he is donating his wealth year-on-year to Dakshana, there will not be enough deserving kids left who have potential to be trained. His feeling is that there are not enough deserving kids coming out of the government/municipal education institutes in India.
One of the reason for that, is that poor parents don’t send their kids to school even though school education in India is now virtually free in all states. They want the kids to work and earn some money, so that the family can be fed. The more hands working the more possibility of earning. If we eliminate the challenge of feeding the kids, that too with a very nutritious meal, then these parents will also send their kids to the government schools. Akshay Patra kind of organisations are helping achieve that goal. Once the kids are fed well, they will be more healthy, have less sickness and they will hopefully also learn well and then the Dakshana Foundation kind of organisations will get more kids to train for higher eduction. Once more kids get educated they will bring up the “standard of living’ of their families. From the ground-up we will be able to take India and the world forward
Again the 12 that I have sponsored or the 100 that I have a target for, may not create a positive Tsunami but if more people like me keep doing these small interventions we will make this world a better place.
Till next time then….