Naturally a lot of us are overwhelmed when the disaster of the scale of Uttarakhand Floods happens. The scale of destruction is huge. The effort require is mammoth. One often wonders- what can I do. How can my contribution and efforts make a difference on a disaster of such scale.
16 hours back the same questions were flooding our minds. We were wondering that our contribution will be nothing in comparison to the thousands of crores that the Government is putting into the relief work. How many people at best we will be able to help. These were all doubts crossing our mind and then I remember a story that I first read in the annual report of Giveindia.org ( Venkat Krishnan the founder of Giveindia still tells the story with great enthusiasm). The story goes like this
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
All doubts cleared. We know now what we have to do. The tragedy in the Himalayas require support of all of us. It will make a difference to the few we will be able to help.
So please donate, volunteer and do what ever you can. For donation please visit http://em.explara.com/event/flood-relief-uttarakhand