We are an organization formed after having moved by witnessing many miserable incidents and pathetic pictures of the society, such as – Children joining labor market and losing their childhood; Lives filled with hunger and distress; Children resorting to begging in-order to win bread for their family and inability of their parents to prevent them from doing so, owing to various vulnerabilities; Lives of many who await someone to bring a change -- etc. But one incident* among them was so prominent that led us to determine to work collectively for the deprived and consequently establish an organization by name – Social Welfare Organisation to Revitalize the Deprived (SWORD). We are glad that you are with us right now at the place where we have chronicled everything about us.
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I would share something worth knowing about foundation of SWORD, the incident which gave birth to it. It was just another day of my daily routine – going to college and returning home. While I was on my way home, I was struck at a pitiable incident which showed a little boy waiting at a garbage bin near a juice shop to collect the ‘left-overs’ or ‘remains’ competing with the street dogs. Being overpowered by hunger, he drank the juice remains from the garbage and started in search of another place where he could find some more food. That incident pulled me back to my school days when I pledged “India is my country; All Indians are my brothers and sisters”. One of my brothers was grappling with destiny to have something at least from the garbage bin. Being blessed with knowledge, being learned, educated and being able, is it not my responsibility to help my many such brothers and sisters? Is it not the responsibility of many others like me to lend their hand? What were the reasons for the plight of the little ones? Why were they ignored by the society? I discussed all these questions, which made me restless, with my like-minded friends to work for a solution. The idea to take up a social initiative to work for the deprived was born at that discussion.
Though the root cause of the child’s plight was corruption, the visible and prominent causes were illiteracy and poverty. That child had to struggle for food because he and his family were suffering acute poverty. They were poor because they didn’t get a dignified livelihood as they were illiterate and unaware of what benefits of government they were entitled to. Various schemes made by the government to benefit the poor and allocated funds didn’t reach them obviously because of irresponsibility of those who were responsible to look after their welfare and prevalent corruption. Whatever the reason may be, the suffering of these innocent ones is a reality. It is our responsibility, now, to lend a helping hand to our fellow people whose lives are filled with distress due to the interrelated trinity of problems – Illiteracy, Poverty and Corruption. If you come across any children who are facing adverse side of their lives, kindly bring to our notice so that we can be of some help to them in pursuit of their colorful future. On march 12, 2008 we started our march towards our aim of “social betterment by revitalizing the deprived through real education” with our motto -- "Let us not curse the darkness, as many usually do. Instead, let's light a candle which may contribute a little to drive the darkness away."
I am Harish, a B.Tech graduate from kavali is here to share a few words with you. We started this orgainzation SWORD in 2008 when we were 3rd year students. Many have a notion that students while undergoing their valuable studies shouldn't involve in social welfare activities as it eats their time. But friends! it is not true. We, as part of our activities, went to different colleges, visited some villages and interacted with many people of different kinds. I, personally, was able to observe them, their lifestyles closely and learnt a lot from them. We, through our organization were able to get outside the college walls and get introduced ourselves to the society for which we never cared, for a long time. Knowing our society is far more important than knowing our subjects and that's the real education. Through SWORD, we are able to contribute something to the society, which in turn gives us lot of satisfaction and this feeling is priceless.