The Reason Husti Started.
India is home to about 1/3rd of the world’s poor. This equates to ~400
million individuals and poses an enormous challenge for governments and NGOs alike. The issues are wide ranging in nature, stemming from lack of basic necessities such as clean water and spiralling into more complex poverty cycles. High impact, targeted interventions are of the utmost importance if we are to ascertain any considerable uplift in quality of life.
In the western world, we turn on the tap and water comes out. Clean water. We fall ill and we’re taken care of. We flick the switch and light fills our homes. It’s hard to image living in absolute poverty but I invite you, urge you, to really imagine. To empathise and make a choice to help. Apathy is one of the biggest obstacles for any charity to overcome. A good quality education is the sustainable way out poverty.
Whilst a young boy holidaying in India, I saw a homeless man on the streets, he spoke perfect english and was in relatively good health. Educated yet destitute. For a living he polished shoes but progressively his legs, which he used as a foot stool, were causing him pain. As we walked past him, and many do, he begged us for a polishing platform. So we got him one and he was delighted. Yet it haunted me that his English was so perfectly spoken. Over the years in which this mulled in my head, I came to realise the importance of a good quality education, not an ordinary education. The man was educated but lacked friendships, educated but lacked the knowledge and confidence required to take him to more mainstream, higher paying employment. Husti was created as a charity to help provide a well-rounded, high quality education.
Keeping it Simple.
We ask students, teachers and parents what there perceived barriers to success are. We combine this up to date research and knowledge. Then we develop an improvement programme, which is implemented together with the school or local community.