In 8th grade, my parents had taken me to India. There, living at my grandparents's house, I had visited a village. While there, I had even made friends with a couple of kids in the village. However, I noticed that the kids walked to their schools barefoot, which were at least a mile away. I, being so young, was deeply confused why they had to do so. However, in retrospect, I now understand why. I was deeply disheartened while leaving India, questioning myself as to why aren't they fortunate enough to get the privilege of proper education as me. Then, my vision of life had changed. I had witnessed how much children who were the same age as me had to endure so much in order to get education. I had suddenly become much more thankful of the facilities that living in America had given me. About 3 months after the trip, I had thought of helping Indian children of all ages to get educated. Inspired, I had begun to look for charities who I could fundraise for in order to educate underprivileged children in India.
The late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (former Indian president and aerospace scientist) had envisioned in 1998 that India would be a superpower in 2020. The literacy rate of India, being 75% in 2020, can never achieve so if India's literacy rate remains so low whereas first world countries such as America and the United Kingdom have literacy rates are 99%. Furthermore, should Indian children be barred from receiving an equal education, which children of first world countries receive? I believe no, and I am very sure that many, if not all, citizens of America sympathize with my opinion. Even our city of Cleveland should pitch in to the effort and aid children in getting educated. Your little effort and thoughtful contribution can enlighten their life and help them get a better future.
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Pratham has helped 58 million Indian children receive education, being one of India's largest and most successful non-governmental education organizations.