People who work for charitable organizations in Asia never have the experience of being overpaid. They’re usually entrusted with vast territories, multitudes of people to serve, and a limited pool of funds to apply to the task. Tales could be told of poverty and hunger among older generations of charitable organization employees in the early days of their employment. It takes courage and dedication to be a charity worker.
Suresh as a young worker had been moved from place to place answering the needs of his employer in different locations and language areas. He and his wife knew first hand problems of survival with limited funding. When the little undernourished baby was brought to their home for attention it was a great temptation to pass the problem along to others. The baby had been abandoned in a nearby village, and rescued from an ant heap in pathetic condition. The baby was too sick to manage more than faint cries as a result of raw flesh irritations from ant bites covering her entire body.
Boys are valued in a society where education is not readily available at village level, and where basic human needs are seldom satisfied. Girls are viewed as a liability for several reasons. First there’s the question of income generation, then the liability of having to pay dowry when girls mature and reach marriageable age. Finally a girl cannot perform religious ceremonies necessary to assist souls of the dead to the next incarnation.
However there was no hesitation on the part of Suresh’s wife as she looked at the small tormented baby girl, and saw future potential rather than a liability. She could train this young life for service to a community which had rejected her. She accepted responsibility for this tiny babe. So what if they were barely surviving themselves! Ethical behavior is not to be talked about; rather demonstrated. Suresh and his wife counted the baby an opportunity placed in their way to demonstrate a better way of life to the village which had abandoned this tiny human being on an ant heap. Villagers had failed to see any positive contribution this young life could make to their needs, but Suresh and his wife had other ideas.
In spite of family financial struggles the girl grew into a beautiful young woman. She successfully completed her education as a doctor, and entered into a happy marriage. Suresh and his wife had an inner satisfaction that comes to those who accomplish a noble purpose in life. Their adopted daughter’s education had fitted her to be of service to her society, and it was probable the community which had rejected her would be in need of her services some day.
The pleasure Suresh and his wife experienced knew no bounds, and they considered all sacrifices and hardships of little consequence. Within every nationality and social group it has been discovered doing good deeds for others gives ultimate joy and satisfaction.
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