Social media is not just for connecting with friends and families across the globe, it can also be used for a variety of other purposes, both good and bad. How can it be used for bad? Well, we have already seen Facebook leaking data of its users to other companies, and government tracking social media profiles of users to know their political ideology. However, in this article, we are not going to talk about the bad aspects of social media, but good. Often, there are cases when social media comes forward to make things better. Let’s recall 7 such incidents from 2018:
1. Providing 400 umbrellas to people of Mumbai
When a beggar girl asked IT professional named Vimal Cherangattu for his umbrella, he noticed her miserable condition. He gave her the umbrella, but the girl was already soaked in water by then. Moved by her condition, Vimal made a PowerPoint slide and posted it on social media, requesting others to donate their umbrellas. Within 10 days, he was able to collect 400 umbrellas for the people in need.
2. 16 lakh raised in 6 hours!
A girl named Arushi needed money for her surgery. So her grandfather decided to ask help from the internet. He took it to the crowdfunding site Impact Guru and asked for the necessary 16 lakh Rupees. Once the post was shared on social media, he managed to collect more than 17 lakh for the surgery of the little girl. A truly heart-touching story indeed!
3. Homeless Oxford alumni found a home through Facebook
When Raja Singh, a homeless man from Delhi met Avinash, a Good Samaritan, he told him how his business with his brother didn’t take off, and he had to resort to living on the streets! Moved by his story, Avinash shared the story on Facebook. Within 5 days, his post went viral and Raja Singh was offered shelter at Guru Nanak Sukhshala Nursing Home in New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi. He is still living there and he even underwent surgery for the treatment of his knee pain.
4. Vegetable Vendor’s daughter got funding for her college education
It was a dream come true for an 18-year-old girl, when she managed to secure a seat at Bharati College, a college affiliated with the prestigious Delhi University. However, she didn’t have enough money to pay the fees. When a professor of the college, named Nandini Sen came to know about her financial condition, she took it to Facebook. Within half an hour, she managed to collect the entire fee amount. The professors and students of the college came forward and helped with the money.
5. Abandoned child found a home
A baby girl was found abandoned in a dustbin on Moradabad-Agra Highway. She was rescued by the Child Welfare Committee. After her story appeared on some local newspapers and a social media post that went viral, the Child Welfare Committee received hundreds of calls offering to adopt the little baby girl. The girl has now found a home, however, police are still looking for her biological parents.
6. Labourer became a singer!
30-year-old Rajesh always wanted to become a singer. However, due to his financial crisis, he became a labourer. Singing was reduced to just a hobby for him, and he regularly used to hum the songs from the famous movies. When his friend Shameer shot the video of him singing Unnai Kaanadhu Naan from Kamal Haasan’s movie Vishwaroopam, and posted on Facebook, his fate changed. The video went viral and had over 3 lakh views and around 1 million shares. The bigwigs of industry noticed his talent, and Shankar Mahadevan, the renowned singer and composer contacted Rajesh. He asked him to move to Chennai and contact him to work on future projects. Sometimes dreams do come true!
7. Jhansi cop-mom was transferred close to her home
It is no news that cops have a hectic work schedule. Due to her busy work schedule, a lady cop who was posted on Jhansi used to take her 6-month-old baby to work because she has no family support in Jhansi. After this photo went viral on social media, netizens urged the authorities to transfer her closer to her home in Agra. Taking their plight into account, she was transferred near Agra. Not only this, but her story also triggered the idea of setting up a nursery for the babies of working female cops.