Parents, today, put unnecessary pressure on their
children to excel which mainly ends up stressing and depressing them. Find out
how a 13 year old unpressured girlâ€™s carton packaging is helping save the lives of
millions of children owing to just her resolve and drive to succeed.
Parents, today, are obsessed with ensuring their
childrenâ€™s success. Right from the toddler stage, children are pushed to be the
best of the best by parents who believe that their childrenâ€™s success will
provide status and meaning to their own lives. As psychologist Madeline Levine
declared, "Our current version of success is a failure." All that
this results in is a generation populated by tense, drained out, and
depressed children pushed there by
parents super-focussed on raising extraordinary over-achievers.
How can a parent raise an over-achieving
child without putting undue pressure on his or her mind? Read on to find out
about the achievements of one 13-year old girl, Arushi Nair, whose
parents got it
About Arushi Nair
Aarushi Nair is a class VIII student from Gurgaon.
While doing some reading, she came across a report that said that diarrhoea
kills around 4,00,000 children under the age of 5 in India. Moved by the
report, she decided to research the problem.
Arushiâ€™s Research on Diarrhoea
The most recommended means to battle
diarrhoea is through administering ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) dissolved in a
little water which helps to replace the salts and fluids that a baby loses
because of the diarrhoea. The World Health
Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF manufacture and distribute sachets of ORS in
areas most affected by diarrhoea. However, owing to the unavailability of even
safe drinking (potable) water in these areas, administering ORS becomes very
difficult, thereby thwarting all the efforts to eradicate the
Guiding and Assisting
Arushi discussed the problem with her
school teachers and family doctor which enabled her to realise that even though
she may be unable to invent a medicine, she could explore the problem from a
fresh perspective. She contacted WHO and UNICEF and asked for their assistance.
Designing of Arushiâ€™s Carton packaging
With the help of her engineer neighbour,
she designed a recyclable carton packaging which would hold 350 ml of drinking
water and a different
slot to hold 50 ml of the medicine. ORS could be added to the pack through a
separate inlet, and could be administered to children after merely shaking the carton packaging to mix all constituents. She has already applied for a patent for
her model which can save millions of children in the country as well as the
remotest corners of the world.
Awards and Accolades
Accolades for this 13 year old ingenious
philanthropist have been pouring in from all quarters. She has been hailed as a
hope of life by big newspapers like the Times of India. She has been presented
an award by The International Telecommunication Union and has been nominated
for the CSIR National Innovation Award for School Children 2013.
For her next project, this Good Samaritan plans to
tackle the midday meal scheme in India which can benefit around 12.5 crore
What Parents Can Learn from Arushiâ€™s
What is very apparent from Arushiâ€™s
example is that her drive, her motivation, her quest and desire to help others
all came from within herself. She was not pushed by her family; she was pushed
by her resolve. She was encouraged to accomplish only as much as she could and
ask for help when required. She had been raised to understand and accept her
limitations where necessary and overcome them where possible. She understood
that while she may be unable to invent a medicine to cure the disease, she
could aid in ensuring that the existing medications could execute the task they
were invented for.
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