Making a difference

Earlier this week I was thinking that my research has some world wide impact on humanity – and I was feeling pretty good about my realization of “purpose for life”. But then it soon plummeted into the depths of lackluster when I came across CNN’s interview of Sejal Hathi, the protagonist of Girls Helping Girls.
Sejal Hathi started this foundation when she was 15 with a vision to unite all women in the world in the same universal view of self-respect and opportunity. Her foundation has reached far and wide to 5000 girls in countries of North America, Africa and Asia.
Sejal appeared in Nicole Lapin’s Young People Who Rock – focusing on people under the age of 30 who are doing remarkable things.

Sejal is one among hundreds of people in the world who do a lot for the improvement of a billion others. I get inspired by such tales – and feel that the real happiness in life does lie in helping people who need help. Something tells me that if I ever start a social service organization – I will lose hope easily after seeing initial setbacks. On one hand, there are several success stories about non-profit organizations that have left more than a mark in the sand, and more than a noise in the wind. But there are many more that do not see the daylight of success. They are stumped by bureaucracy or by red-tape, by discouraging attitudes of people or by finances.
Which brings me to this. What is the success rate of such ventures of philanthropy? Is it high enough that more people will start doing it?

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