The MAD Experience

The biggest lesson the ‘disadvantaged’ taught me!

The biggest lesson the ‘disadvantaged’ taught me!

By Navin Muruga

I’ve spent the last 18 months visiting rural disadvantaged communities  where most families earn less than USD 1.50 per day. In Kenya, I met women who hiked through dangerously rocky terrain to collect murky brown drinking water. In Sri Lanka, I met teenagers who spent their childhood hiding in bomb shelters instead of attending school. And in the Philippines, I sat in the back of a moving truck and watched in shock as men ran after us in hopes of receiving a bottle of clean drinking water. I’ve learnt a lot from these experiences but 2 lessons have stood out from the rest.