First of all the key to a gentle way of humanitarian help is to respect each individual person. We want to help but how do we do this? Strictly speaking we are intruders who want to do what they think is necessary. But what seems necessary to us from our experience could be completely wrong. This is why it is important to step back for a moment and reflect the situation, to get to know the community first, to speak to the people and show them our appreciation.
Little Stars has learned these simple principles and puts them into action. There is a small temple outside the school in Okharpauwa with a statue of the goddess Saraswathi. Little Stars has built this to show the people: “Look at this, this is your culture. It is valuable and we respect it!” In Balchaur there is a large hollow tree between the health post and the technology building. Small statues of the Hindu gods Shiva and Parvati are placed on top of a pile of gravel in the opening of the tree. This is what the villagers wanted to have when we asked them.
It is also important to inaugurate each new project. This is always done by a local priest, Hindu or Buddhist. These inaugurations are for the benefit of everybody involved, the villagers and also the Little Stars staff and members when we have the chance to be there. And important new relations are established.