It was the silent, awed gaze of a little, less privileged child wanting to go to school and discover the world that seemed to smile only to a selected few, that inspired us to be where we are today. The urge to spread not just literacy but also educate the not-so-fortunate children so that they grow into fine individuals, motivated us to lay the foundation of “CET-Care Educational Trust” as an autonomous organization that has so far solely thrived on the continued support of good samaritans without any Government aid.
Our increased interaction with slum dwelling children and their families, brought us to the realm of socio-economic hindrances that prevent the basic right to growth and a life of dignity. Thus came to life CET’s ideology, where the philosophies of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousufzai influenced us. We believe in sharing the joy of learning and growing together, revering every life form on the planet and peacefully co-exist.
Over the years, we have extended our philanthropic activities to rural areas and urban slums with the intent to spread general awareness among the poor masses regarding community health, hygiene, malnutrition, HIV & STD prevention programs. We have constantly and actively offered support during times of natural calamities by contributing, collecting and distributing relief material.
The Care Educational Trust began with small community services with the urge to do something more meaningful for the world. The aim of the group was to find a cause that resonated with each individual, and that would enable them to do good, give back to society and stay engaged. Initially the Trust needed out as Relief team is the area hit by earthquake, tsunami ,cyclones and floods with a handful of volunteers.
It was clear that AN INDIVIDUAL needed more than just humanitarian help; the orphanages themselves required support in terms of funding for food, clothing and infrastructural repairs. The children needed mentors who would invest a sustained amount of time to build relationships with them and understand their individual needs.
The Mentors and Volunteers saw this as an opportunity for them to do something meaningful with their time and resources – a means of giving back to society. The disadvantages faced by the children hampered them from reaching their full potential and living fulfilling lives. By investing their time, care, support and resources, each volunteer could – in effect – level the playing field, thus enabling each child to build a better future. The idea to ‘Create Equal Opportunities’ was born.
Calling on friends and colleagues to join, the support was overwhelming. Volunteers poured in as friends of existing volunteers joined the group – each eager to help out in any way they could. Doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, students, social workers and other professionals joined the group and offered their services, thus providing a holistic approach that included not just the physical well-being of the children, but emotional care as well.