A mockery called social work
conversation between two middle aged ladies from the upper strata of the society—–
“Now that we have crossed 50 years it’s high time we started doing something worthwhile for the society.
“Let us join that group of ladies (all from a residential area where only the crème of the society hobnobs) and we will have to just just take out Rs.500/- per month each and then go to some orphanage/old home/hospital and give the money for some good cause.”
A real genuine noble gesture from the part of the haves of the society.
But here comes the punch “Now that we will be meeting every month we will have to buy so many new dresses. After all we cannot repeat the same dress”. And as everyone wears designer clothes even we will have to invest in some new dress every month.“After the visit to some welfare institute we will go to some restaurant and spend some quality time there. This way we will have at least one outing every month. We will also go to far off places—this month we will go to —- (a place just two hours from where they reside) .The weather is no nice It will be picnic cum social work” “ everything is so meticulously planned.” 🙂
So now just imagine the scenario “a group of ladies in their designer wear( all new ones bought specially for the occasion) meeting once a month, going to some orphanage/hospital/ institute/old age home in their sooooooo very fancy cars, donating either money or some articles and then after wards going to some posh restaurant to get rid of the tiredness and spend time with friends and then return home with a satisfactory smile on their faces that they have done some good deed and some good social work for the society. After all it is their duty as human beings to help others. 🙂
Are they doing some social work or fooling themselves?
I have seen the so called social workers visiting such welfare institutes at all odd hours and donating things which are not at all required in such places.
The store house of one of these institutes was overflowing with tooth pastes, soaps, powders. Even the staff of the institute had complained about the uselessness of such unwanted and useless donations. The so called social workers very grandly and with a magnanimous gesture donate articles as per their wish and not as per the needs of the inmates. not only that they take out old clothes from the cupboards ( make space for new ones) and with a great deal of show off donate them to such institutes and call themselves as social workers.
In one of the cases one of these groups distributed fancy imported colours to the children of slum– which the kids did not even know how to use.
Instead of spending money in the shopping for each meeting, or to pay the bill of the hotel if this amount is also added to the pre decided amount and then given to the inmates – won’t it be a better gesture than going in big groups and then giving negligible amount or unwarranted things?
I wonder would any one of these so called social workers will actually sit with the residents of the institutes and spend some time with them, or play with the children or read out to the inmates of the old age home or help them in their daily chores?
Even some of the international organizations having hundreds of branches in India carry out service projects for the needy section of the society.
But the story is the same there also. Organize big meetings , book venue, arrange for snacks , call some chief guest and then give measly amount as compared to the expenses incurred on the show off.
These days everything comes under the umbrella of most misunderstood word social work
The ones who are actually and genuinely involved in contributing to the welfare of needy are often ignored and overshadowed by this lot who believe in glamorizing this profession for the satiation of their own ego.