Words of Milku Kashyap a ‘YUVODAYA’ volunteer
“I grew up in a poor house surrounded with nothing but difficulties. When I grew up and had my own children, I realized that there are so many small children in and around my village that are growing up the same way I did when I was little, and it wasn’t how any child should live. With extreme poverty and no access to good food, these children were vulnerable to severe malnourishment and other diseases. That’s when I knew I had to do something about it and so, I joined Yuvodaya. With some of my friends, I started visiting house to house in nearby villages, explained malnourishment to the people, and asked them to send their children to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center (NRC) to ensure that they receive proper nutrition and healthcare. Although the people were hesitant at first, I managed to convince them. Till now, I, along with my fellow colleagues from Yuvodaya, have managed to successfully send 21 children of the Bastar block to the NRC. I have never felt more content!”
These are the words of Milku Kashyap, a man from the small village of KAWADGAON located in the depths of Bastar, who is currently working as a volunteer for the Yuvodaya programme. Established in September 2020, the Yuvodaya programme was established with the vision to build a movement of passionate changemakers who believe in making a difference. It was started in collaboration with the UNICEF, Amcho Bastar and the district administration for the development of the Bastar region, which is still struggling with the basic problems of poverty, hunger, gender disparity, and illiteracy.