An interesting real-life story teaches us an important lesson: Integrity and honesty are the true measures of success and learning from the values passed on to us.
Kenyan runner Abel Mutai who was just a few feet from the finish line became confused with the signage and slowed down to stop, thinking he had completed the race. A Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was happening, started shouting at the Kenyan to continue running. Mutai didn't know Spanish and didn't understand. Realizing what was taking place, Fernandez pushed Mutai to victory.
Later, a journalist asked Ivan, "Why did you do that?" Ivan replied, "I dream that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win."
The journalist insisted "But why did you let the Kenyan win?" Ivan replied, "I didn't let him win, he was going to win. The race was his." The journalist insisted, and again asked, "But you could have won!" Ivan looked at him and replied, "But I did what I had to do. What would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my Mother think of that?"
Values are passed on from generation to generation. What values are we teaching our children? What are we teaching the communities we serve? Let us not teach our kids the wrong ways and means to win or succeed.
We at Purnata have been doing just that, believe and teach that success is not in numbers nor in finishing first but in how we finish the race, with integrity, which is one of our core values.
Training on "Citizenship & Advocacy''
We have entered into an MOU with Apnalaya for them to teach and train Purnata staff on "Citizenship & Advocacy ''. 6 staff underwent the training for 3 days at Aashray center.
An example of what was achieved through this approach was the case study about Shivaji Nagar where they have been working for the last 10 years. Youth and women in the area were trained and taught about their civic rights. A Civic Action Group was formed and they help people in the community who have grievances, addressing issues like child marriage, not getting a ration despite having a ration card, etc. The training covered topics like Society, Diversity & Inequality, Value creation, and our Fundamental rights.
Four staff took five beneficiaries to visit the BMC office of L Ward, Kurla.
Mr. Nitin from the Community Development Officer (CDO) explained that we have visited one of the BMC out of 34 other departments known as Daridya Nirmulan Kasha (Planning Department). He explained the scheme for vulnerable people. The self-help group is one of the schemes where ladies get a 35% subsidy only if they deposit 10% of the requested amount to avail of the benefits, 18-45 years of adult literacy for the women who want to complete their education. There were many schemes that they were not aware of and they realized that even the government (BMC) helps women with many schemes. We requested Mr. Nitin to visit our training center on 25th January on the occasion of Republic day and share more schemes on women.