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Is celebrating your child's birthday in an orphanage the right thing to do? The author believes that it may affect the children at the orphanage negatively. Read on!
Is celebrating your child’s birthday in an orphanage the right thing to do? The author believes that it may affect the children at the orphanage negatively. Read on!
We have often seen people celebrating their child’s birthday in an orphanage. The pure intention behind this is to give the children some happiness by being a part of a birthday celebration. But, the reality is that we make it emotionally more difficult for them once we leave that place.
Most children in the orphanage are not even aware of their birth dates, the authorities usually has a list of age categories but not the exact date. These children are not only vulnerable but, they are also deprived of any parental love. Children from low income groups or below poverty line strata are associated with many NGOs and foundations where they avail free education and mid day meals. But eventually, they go back home to stay with their parents. They are aware of parental love and support. For children, who have not seen their parents ever or have lost them due to medical or other issues are most likely to get mentally disturbed when they see a child celebrating his birthday with his parents.
The Orphanage authorities are usually occupied with managing everything and are many a times also burdened with the monetary pressure. This therefore makes it difficult for them to celebrate each child’s birthday separately. A child’s mind is a reflection of his pure heart. They carry no hidden baggage and are easily affected by anything almost instantly. The intention should be to bring them happiness and not guilt of having no parents to celebrate memorable occasions with. A better idea could be distribution of clothes, books and stationery. They are valuable as a part of the daily needs of any child. Just with a change in thought, we can create rightful impact.
“Thoughts are just like children
Pure and fragile,
Nurture them in rightful direction,
They grow wings to soar high in the sky”
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Neha Chawla is the Founder of NGOStory. A passionate writer and social educationist, she has been working for many NGOs and foundations conducting awareness programs for psychological well being and children empowerment. An Arts graduate read more...
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