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 girl’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 children’s success. Right from the toddler stage, children are pushed to be the best of the best by parents who believe that their children’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 right.
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.
Arushi’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 problem.
Guiding and Assisting Arushi
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 Arushi’s Carton packaging Prototype
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 children.
What Parents Can Learn from Arushi’s Success
What is very apparent from Arushi’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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