Aastha: For a better life


UNLIKE MANY, many of us have a good life and are blessed with financial stability and stable families and it is very selfish of us if we don’t help those who can’t help themselves. Helping the less fortunate is very important for them and for us too. It not only helps the underprivileged ones but also gives us feeling of self-satisfaction and self-worth. Many influential people have dedicated to helping the underprivileged, such as Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and many organisations have also been formed with that aim. Aastha is one such organisation.
Aastha was initiated 13 years ago with the goal of empowering the underprivileged section of the society. The non-commercial charitable concern of ‘Aastha Trust’, Aastha’s visions are to stand beside physically challenged citizens, and to empower elderly citizens who are now dependent on their children/ siblings/ relatives. Aastha is devoted to light a glimmer of hope for people who are facing the stark reality of life.
This project started with three orphaned children, and over the years, with help of generous people and their contributions has grown in to an impressive initiative, with 133 people requiring support through the provision of food, clothing, medicine etc.
‘Within this group of 133, there are 6 orphans, 15 mentally challenged children and 43 children who need access to education for a better future while the rest suffer from diseases brought on by old-age complications, blindness, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, paralyses, etc,’ says the founder of Aastha, Shoma Zahid.
What does Aastha do? Aastha tries to ensure basic necessities such as food, clothing, medicinal supplies and shelter for the underprivileged people to help them survive with respect. It works towards the betterment of the elderly and children. The members of this organisation also plan to help the mentally challenged and physically handicapped people.
Aastha takes pride in their attempts to make the lives of underprivileged children better. With contribution from the society and people around, they make sure that these children receive education, protection and all other conditions required for their survival. For accomplishing this aim, they have adopted 43 children from Gawair in Dakshinkhan, Uttara and 15 mentally challenged children from Rupganj, Dhaka. Aastha makes sure that these children are well fed, educated and given everything they need to be grown into responsible, self-dependent citizens of the country.
‘We must unite for the cause and follow a practical approach towards this issue. We, the general masses, need to start considering helping underprivileged children as our social responsibilities,’ says Shoma Zahid. Like children, the elderly citizen of our country is also in vulnerable condition. ‘Empowering underprivileged Elderly Citizen’ is another project of Aastha that work towards empowering the elderly so that they are not dependent on anyone. This project beyond religion and other differences and reaches out to people who actually need the support. This gives them the confidence to live with honour and dignity that they once had when they were younger and financially stable.
After focusing on children and elderly people, they now plan to work towards the betterment of the mentally challenged and physically handicapped population. It aims to bring the sufferings of this part of the population and work towards ensuring the physical and mental support along with financial well-being of them.
It is believed that when we help others, we are not just helping one person – but making improvements that benefit everyone in his or her community and beyond. Aastha is doing just that and helping people to live gracefully.

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