necessary angels

I read this article today and was left speechless. It’s a little long, but for those of you who like to be encouraged by things that are happening in the world, please read. It is one of those tales of redemption, purpose, and self-respect that will make you say, “That is how it should be.” 

The article is called, “Necessary Angels”.

The pictures also tell this fabulous story, so be sure you look at the photo gallery that goes with the article.


4 Responses to “necessary angels”

  1. December 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    “When Salve and Sathe started their work in Jawalke, they were destitute. As members of the Dalit, or Untouchable, castes, they were considered nonpersons, so reviled that higher caste people would throw out food if it even touched the edge of their saris. They went barefoot in the village, as Untouchable women were not allowed to wear shoes. Sathe remembers standing for hours at the local water pump—which she could not touch—waiting for a higher caste woman to take pity on her and fill her bucket. Salve was so poor she washed her hair with mud and owned a single sari. When she laundered it, she had to stay in the river until it dried.

    As the Aroles expanded their program to a hundred or more villages outside Jamkhed, they encouraged villages to select women from lower castes. “An educated woman likely comes from a high caste—she may not [want to] work for the poorest of the poor,” says Arole. The Aroles believed that empathy, knowledge of how poor people live, and willingness to work were more important than skills and prestige.”

    wonderful! thanks for sharing this article. i needed it.

  2. December 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    one more thing….over and over again, especially with this article, i am reminded that what needs to change is our midset. if we can change our mindset, we can change begin to combat our problems. we must seek the truth. this is why i believe education is so important. thanks for being a teacher.

  3. December 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I love it in the article when they talk about how they placed the wells for the town in the poorer area of the villages so that the upper caste women would have to travel there to get their water… I thought that this was brilliant, not trickery, like the article suggests, and should be done more often everywhere so we, (me), would have to go the uncomfortable places more often.

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