NRI adopts Punjab village for its social reformNovember 14th, 2007 - 8:27 am ICT by admin
Dhaliwal, who migrated to Manchester in England in 1985, is back in his ancestral Badni Kala village.
For Dhaliwal bringing about a social change takes precedence over the village’s economic growth.
He revived the village trust formed two decades ago by his father with a mission to curb the menace of female foeticide, besides providing healthy lifestyle to the villagers.
While the country is facing a challenge of gender imbalance, Badni Kala village is an example worth emulating.
“Our village is an extreme example having 105 girls over 99 boys. This is the only village in Punjab where girls out number boys. I am proud that the trust formed by my father proved fruitful,” said Dhaliwal, who is a cloth merchant in the United Kingdom.
he trust provides various facilities to girl child, among them free education is the top priority.
The trust also provides computer education to village boys, alongside the girls.
It also helps in formalising marriages of girls belonging to poor families by giving monetary help.
Dhaliwal’s trust organises regular medical camps to make villagers aware of how to keep their environment clean to avoid various diseases and helps them lead a healthy life.
Due to unclean drinking water, villagers suffer with diseases like jaundice, he said, adding that the camps are held free-of-cost to create knowledge among them.
“Villagers are not aware of diabetes. It is only when we arranged check-ups that blood pressure and diabetes have been detected in many,” he said.
It is the satisfaction that Dhaliwal gets by working for his village, which motivates him to keep doing the good work. (ANI)
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