Help Someone this Monsoon

Help Someone this Monsoon

It is that time of the year where you better have your Wellington boots ready – Monsoon! If you have lived through a few seasons here in India you will know that there are very mixed feelings about this time of year. On the one hand you have the thousands of people who are displaced by flooding, many even die, so for the poverty stricken, Monsoon is not their favourite time of year. Besides the flooding, with it comes water-borne diseases like Typhoid and Cholera, so those who may have escaped the flood waters are still at risk. In addition, there are usually food shortages as transport becomes a problem, well transport into the monsoon hit part’s of the country. So at this time, spare a moment to think about those in need and volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate your old clothes, every bit helps. On the polar opposite of the scale are the middle-class and wealthy. Those who jet off to escape the monsoon to exotic international destinations, or just head off to drier parts of the country for a ‘break’ in the middle of everything. Unlike the poverty stricken, they have houses and apartments to return to that do not wash away. Food shortages are not really a concern in the big cities either and water-borne diseases are unlikely to infect you when you actually have a home that isn’t under 5 foot of water. What can you do to help?    (more…)