On shaky grounds.
A child stands amidst endless piles of rubble and decaying garbage lining an open gutter in Bangalore, India.
With over 400 million in strength, children constitute a substantial one-third of the Indian population. And yet, one of two children in India is subject to malnutrition, unhealthy living conditions and the possible lack of necessary child rights that guarantee survival, development, protection and participation. (Source)
The situation is stark and needs urgent addressing, through a powerful, sustained combination of media advocacy, raising public awareness and effective policy implementation.
Fortunately, independent institutions, governmental bodies, NGOs and individuals are raising their voice and joining hands, through organized and unorganized efforts to ensure that the future is brighter and safer. However, a strong, positive change is but inevitable - only, and only if we as a concerned civil society decide to get involved and act and participate.
A well maintained microcosm of diverse environments to support all shapes, sizes and colors of winged birds, Jurong Bird Park is a paradise for anyone who loves photography or bird-spotting.
The incubation center and nursery helps protect and raise rare bird species and a wide variety of information about the importance of conserving wildlife is presented through many bird shows and merchandise.
Though I must mention that I am a little skeptical about the conditions some of the birds - especially those that are caged in tighter, smaller cages - live in since as much of a rarity it is to see these birds, it is equally disheartening to see them in potentially restricted, unhealthy conditions as well.
But despite that, this has to be one of the most well maintained and well kept bird/animal attractions I’ve come across - other than, of course, the Singapore Zoo itself.