Trying to Make a Difference in the World Essay

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Many people assume that being “just one person,” they couldn’t possibly make a significant difference in a world of billions in which they live; and even if they could, would it really be worth it? So why try? With a sense of eminent failure, few would attempt to be the change. In India though, there is one Hindu man who has altered the reality in which he was living by saving hundreds of lives and making better the lives of thousands more. Working as an oil engineer in Lebanon, there were two couples who would hold dinners at their house for any businessmen who had nowhere to go. They would receive a home-cooked meal and have the opportunity to talk with other businessmen. In actuality, the gathering was a time of Christian …show more content…
According to Upadhayaya (2012), thirty-five to forty runaway children a day board trains without tickets to New Delhi, one of the busiest cities in India. They stay at the station, living there, begging for money, hoping one day their lives might get better. They are always at risk of being forced into child labor or prostitution (Upadhayaya, 2012). Devaraj knew this and went to these stations. Upon seeing two boys, he went to them and asked if they wanted a place to stay. With boisterous yes’s, they went back to Devaraj’s house and were soon accompanied by nearly twenty others, making the floor full of children look like a can of sardines. Before long, Devaraj needed a new place for these children. He began to solicit money, asking anywhere he felt led. The voice inside was telling him to go to Teen Challenge for funds. The organization gave enough money to start an orphanage based in Mumbai entitled Jeevan Jyoti, which translated in English is “light and life” and those specific words together, “bringing life into broken lives” (Devaraj, 2013). After Devaraj was on others’ radars, more funds were brought in by organizations like Wellsprings International and even the Toronto Jays pitcher, R.A. Dickey (Caple, 2012). Before long, Devaraj had enough funding to build a number of buildings that include shelters for orphaned children and children whose mothers were forced into prostitution, a home for AIDS orphans, homes for daughters of

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