I recently came upon a video on YouTube about a organisation called Charity Water, helping communities in India that are in the caste system. If you are not familiar with the term “untouchables” or “Dalits” here is a brief insert from Wikipedia:
According to Sarah Pinto, an anthropologist, untouchability in India applies to people whose work relates to “death, bodies, meat, and bodily fluids”. In the name of untouchability, Dalits have faced work and descent-based discrimination at the hands of the dominant castes. Instances of caste discrimination at different places and times included:
– Prohibition from eating with other members
– Provision of separate cups in village tea stalls
– Separate seating arrangements and utensils in restaurants
– Segregation in seating and food arrangements in village functions and festivals
– Prohibition from entering into village temples
– Prohibition from wearing sandals or holding umbrellas in front of higher caste members
– Prohibition from entering other caste homes
– Prohibition from using common village path
– Separate burial grounds
– No access to village’s common/public properties and resources (wells, ponds, temples, etc.)
– Segregation (separate seating area) of children in schools
– Bonded labour
– Social boycotts by other castes for refusing to perform their “duties”
According to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, untouchability was born about 400 AD, due to the struggle for supremacy between Buddhism and Brahmanism (an ancient term for Brahmanical Hinduism).
Now what really touched me about this documentary from Charity Water was the fact that because of water their circumstances changed from the worst to the most amazing thing, that took people that are not valued as part of society, to people that can now take care of themselves, and their little community is thriving!
One man decided he can’t accept what is happening and he made it his mission to make these people feel loved and accepted. Jesus was always amongst those who aren’t socially accepted and often killed for their way of living. We get so comfortable with our own little bubble that we don’t see others suffering.
1The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. 2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. 3 He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. – Psalm 23:1-3
By helping others get rest we receive rest in return. That is something I’ve learned in the past few months, the joy you get out of helping other people is just overwhelming. Seeing others get lifted out of their situations because of someone else extending a helping hand.
Jesus always uplifted others, making them feel loved, absolutely 100% completely loved! What if your smile can give someone the motivation they need to pick themselves up and start fresh? Next week I will be sharing a testimony of how a simple cup of coffee changed an entire family’s lives.
Here is the link to the Charity Water documentary: