This is not a publicity stunt. We should have kept it with ourselves but we also see a reason why we should publicly announce it.
Moolya is going to sponsor a child’s education for a year for every new customer we add. Education means a lot to us. We are who we are and we will be who we will be because of our education. My parents could afford education although they had to make a few sacrifices. I am sure every other middle-class parent made it. If there is nothing to sacrifice to educate a child, they are really poor. We want to help such people educate their children.
Today, 2nd November 2011, we added our 6th customer, our 2nd multi-billion dollar customer for whom we are going to be testing a portal that caters to millions of users every month. We hope to do some real good work for them and help them maintain their status as a leader and help them make progress in what they want to.
It is an emotional moment in our office that we are getting good work and in turn doing some good for society. We shall keep you updated about what’s brewing with us. Hey, we haven’t completed one year yet. So, for a start, we have done reasonably well and this could not have happened without the blessings of our parents, our gurus, and our fellow testers worldwide.
Let’s talk more about the child’s education thing. We sponsored a 4th-grade student Deepa from Bangalore whose mother is a household servant. Deepa’s father left his family and absconded a couple of years ago. Deepa is now studying 4th grade supported by Vidyanikethan and we sponsored her. There are about 48 more children who do not have sponsorship from Vidyanikethan, so if you could help them it would be great. There must be about 4800000 more in India and 4800000000000 more in the world. No matter where you are, please give back to the world that chose you to be lucky as a kid and other kids to not be as lucky as you are.
We wish to grow big, huge, magnificent or whatever word that suits this context to help more children be educated. Just because we are in India, it wouldn’t mean that we will choose to sponsor children’s education in India. We hope for our subsequent customers, we will choose countries in Africa or any other place or location you could help us know where the need is.
We saw TED videos of an African teenager William Kamkwamba who created a windmill, made it work and generated electricity and Patrick Awuah found a university in Ghana after working for a while with Microsoft in USA and talk about how educated needs to act. Those were inspiring ones and we need more such people for the world. Be it from India, the USA or Africa.
We hope to make the journey of Moolya useful to more people than just our customers, our employees and the vendors to whom we give business. We thank all our customers, employees, mentors, gurus, parents, friends and well-wishers for enabling us to do what we are doing.
The lesson we learn is, we don’t need to be Bill Gates or Azim Premji to do this. All we need is enough education to care about others’ education.