Volunteering while studying can be a bit difficult but can also prove to be a fruitful experience. It gives vital help to people and communities in need, but it most importantly helps you volunteer! Helping others is good for your mental and physical health. It can bring fun, fulfilment & companionship into your life. Above all, it can provide you with an organisational experience early on in your life & help you advance in your future endeavours.
As a student studying in India, there are several places you can opt to volunteer at, like orphanages, old-age homes, cancer cares, animal shelters, etc. But if you are looking for different ways to give back to the Indian community, here are some unique causes that you can invest your time into.
Help get surplus food to a poor person’s plate
According to the UN, more than 690 million people in the world sleep hungry every night. Hunger also kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and terrorism combined. But ironically, one-third of the food produced in the world is never consumed. To combat hunger, few organisations gather other daily necessities from communities, surplus food from restaurants, and distribute them amongst the needy. Let one apple bring with it the joy of little things and keep the doctor away too!
Create awareness regarding genetic disorders
As per studies, every year 6% of the total births worldwide, i.e., roughly 8 million children, are born with a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin. Roughly 3.3 million children die under the age of 5 because of severe birth defects. Those who do survive, live with long-term physical and emotional hurdles. Creating awareness about genetic defects like cleft palate, club foot, and thalassemia, to name a few, can help gain medical access to less fortunate patients. It can also dispel the stigmas associated with these conditions and help patients live in an accepting society. Ultimately, everybody deserves to be loved and understood by all.
Provide nutrition to children with cancer
Childhood cancer is mostly curable. But according to the Global Nutrition Report, up to 34.7% of children under 5 years of age face malnutrition which poses an imminent threat to their survival. Working with these organisations would involve providing good food and supplements to those in need. Additionally, you’ll be ensuring that these children get access to nutritionists at government hospitals and awareness on the right food choices.