INDIAPENDENCE — 70 years strong and why it matters to you.

Independence in India is seventy years old TODAY, August 15!
As we celebrate the present and commemorate the past, we hope you remember our friends and family enjoying the reality of liberty across the globe.

In a day where every outlet imaginable fights for your attention, it can be hard to recognize why anything outside of your present chapter of urgency should matter to you— but India’s freedom, health, and stability really, really matters — and your involvement does, too.

Why? We’ve got three reasons.

1. Seven decades into freedom, India has a greater capacity to influence the future than almost any other country.

Organizations hire out of college and invest in people that will likely a) stay in the company long term or b) advance and invest back. Why? Because wisdom looks toward the future. The nation of India has a population of 1.2 billion people — and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon — with an average age of 27.5 years old, you can expect this generation of citizens to make a severe impact on the world in the decades to come.

That’s why we aim to set generations up for success at Calcutta Mercy. They are India’s future — they are our future.

2. Seven decades into freedom, India has an equally monumental capacity to flourish as it does to self-destruct.

Communities always have their divisions: rather its the high school athletes + the band geeks, the office veterans + the new hires, or the incredibly rich and extremely impoverished — community divisions are natural and acceptable. Sometimes, however, they leave one half in great comfort and the other half at a devastating disadvantage. While India’s economy has grown SIX TIMES OVER in the past seven decades, it still remains home to the poorest people in the world — over half a billion (yes, that’s a billion, precisely around 700 million) human beings are unable to maintain access to life essentials (like food, water, housing, end education).

That’s why we aim to restore communities at Calcutta Mercy through feeding programs, ongoing education, and medical assistance in a sustainable manner.

3. Seven decades into freedom, India is led by a president with an immense capability for empathy……and therefore, culture effectiveness.

The current president of India is named Ram Nath Kovind. His auto-biography goes like this: 
 — childhood, poverty, mud house, nothing to his name, strive, success — 
 “My journey has been so long, yet it is hardly mine alone,” he says, “it is telling of our nation and our society.” 
With a personal connection to the marginalized communities and the influence to do something about it, leaders like Kovind provide enormous potential to maximize the efforts of non-profits and humanitarian groups committed to the people of India. He gets it, and he claims a basic mantra of leadership: “ensure justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity.” The president works with a prime minister, checking/balancing, and playing a fundamental role in the formation of governments. So, while there’s more to the leadership dynamic of India than the president alone, the president’s personal position matters. And we are convinced President Kovind has the capacity to make a difference. Hope, equality, and a healthy society — we are excited to see what he does to domino success into the next seventy years of this beautiful country.

That’s why we seek to work alongside the leaders of India’s society, by contributing value to their people, cultivating influence with their stakeholders, and creating tangible differences that last.

Freedom in India is 70 today — for 63 of those years, the Buntains have had boots on the ground to make a difference. We’ve seen millions clothed, fed, educated, and set up to out-run the odds. Here’s to seventy more.

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