“Light a Candle” Foundation
“Small money can make a big difference in the developing world and good education can transform the individuals and in turn the societies, nations and the world.”
My life was transformed by support of my parents who saved their little income to get me good education. For the first 10 years I only needed Rs. 500($10) per month and then for the next five years Rs. 1000 ($20) per month. Later on when I went to the university I needed Rs. 3000($60) per month for another five years. Thus if we calculate the total amount of money over a period of twenty years which went into transforming me from a school boy to a university post-graduate would be Rs. 300000 or US$ 6000. After joining the Indian Foreign service and being posted to Moscow for my first foreign assignment my salary along with the foreign allowance sums up to be slightly more than US $ 2000 per month. Thus I recovered all the money spent on me over twenty years in just three months time. Now I have saved enough money to support a few school going students and transform their lives over a period of two decades. The question now is how can I do it? How to canalize my savings to transform lives of the poorest of the poor? The first thing that comes to my mind is to set a foundation for this purpose. I thought a name for it. Many names came to my mind but “Light a Candle” seemed to be the most appropriate as it is self explanatory about its mission. One candle can light the other and the process goes on and on till the last candle is lit.
The foundation can begin by supporting motivated children in the countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation would be their mentor and educational guardian from the school time up-to the time they are ready to get on with their lives.ANY SUGGESTIONS???