Quid pro quo

Poverty is a financial condition where one lacks sufficient funds to meet their basic needs, influenced by various social, economic, and political factors. The world’s poorest people are frequently hungry, lack access to necessities like power and pure water, have limited access to education, and have significantly deteriorating health. Based on a 2002 study, educational poverty—which can be defined as the absence of access to basic literacy and education—is a contributing factor in these situations in India. The majority of the money generated by impoverished households is used on additional necessities like food and fuel, with only 6% going toward health and education. Children from families with low incomes usually lack the social skills and stimulation required to get prepared to go to school. Typical issues include inconsistencies in parenting and daily routines from parents, frequent changes in the primary caregiver, inadequate supervision, and insufficient role modeling.

Poverty negatively impacts education, so providing children with new clothing, food, and school materials can boost their enthusiasm and focus. Giving food to underprivileged households can improve focus at home and school. Providing leftover supplies can also boost happiness. Providing these resources can help children master abilities they may not have learned otherwise.

I plan to support underprivileged children and their families through frequent donation drives called “Give And Take”. This initiative involves donating a specific amount of items, such as stationary or books, in exchange for something in return as people get the energy and want to donate when they get something back in return. This concept, known as “quid pro quo,” is a common practice in the exchange of goods or services, with the expectation of receiving something in return. This approach aims to provide joy and support to these children and their families.

Zasha Zafeer

Epistemo Vikas Leadership School