What You Can Do Right Now to Empower the World

Vishal Ostwal
6 min readAug 15, 2017


What do you do when you’re ordinary but still wish to share? You give whatever you can.

You don’t need to be a big deal or a millionaire. Being kind is more than enough.

This year

I made a little and vague resolution this year — giving more.

This list is just a part of that. An attempt to create awareness among people about how they can make a difference.

I’m trying to remind them of the power they already have. If that matters at all.

Why it matters

I didn’t care about certain issues until I grew thoughtful about what’s happening in the world — it hurts me to know all that.

The documentaries those Discovery and Nat Geo people make about global warming are real — Earth is dying.

I feel helpless. It really makes me feel like I alone cannot change the world.

Once I googled stats and pictures related to world hunger — my eyes turned tearful.

There are lots of bad things happening out there — and if we don’t stop them, who would?

When I deny plastic bag offered by shopkeepers, people think I’m nuts. I do it anyway, thinking it matters somehow.

I ask my non-vegetarian friends to stop, or at least reduce their meat intake to stop animal cruelty. They hate me. I still feel it’s important to remind them once in a while about the change they can bring.

It’s always the little things people don’t care about that can bring a change. The good thing? You’re always powerful enough to do something little.

I’d be thankful if you make a donation to any of the charities mentioned in this post. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount. Also, share this post if you feel like it — it helps! ☺

Let me tell you a story

The story of the world.

The side you don’t always get to see and goes unnoticed — because everyone is too busy to take a glance at all the sufferings.

Here’s a request — Pause, look around, and change what you can. Empower others and spread some sparkle.

1. Food

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

There are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world.

Feel grateful if you had your meal, because unfortunately, 20 Crore Indians will sleep hungry tonight.

Don’t throw food in garbage. I stopped doing it years ago, when I was a kid. Empty your plate.

Donate to feed

2. Blood

“Tears of a mother cannot save her child, but your blood can.” — Anon

Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. Don’t fear the needle; you can save lives. Donate blood, at least once.

Donate blood or register as a donor

3. Forests and trees

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” ― Chad Sugg

80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed.

One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.

It is estimated that there will be no rainforests within 100 years.

Scary? Plant trees, use less paper products, recycle, live a simple life and try other other ways. Do whatever you can.

Donate to grow trees

4. Pollution

“Don’t blow it — good planets are hard to find.” — Quoted in Time

Ganges and Yamuna are dying.

Nearly 20,000 species of plants and animals are at a high risk of extinction.

It’s not something we humans can feel proud about, because we’re all responsible for what’s happening.

Do whatever you were taught in school — Recycle, reuse, avoid plastic, and don’t litter. Do everything in you have a control over.

Donate to save the Earth

5. Animals

“… for as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” — Pythagoras

Worldwide, about 70 billion farm animals are now reared for food each year. If you saw the cruelty, you would change your mind and diet, and never look back.

Also, you can look cool without promoting the slaughter of animals for your belt and shoes.

Donate for animal rights

6. Child rights

“Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing — but it works miracles.” — Drew Barrymore

57 million children don’t go to school. No, they can’t even read. Don’t they deserve basic schooling only because they’re poor or unprivileged?

There were 153 million child-laborers aged 5–14 worldwide in 2008. There still are many. Is it necessary to sacrifice their childhoods?

Then there are the homeless children, victims of human trafficking, and the neglected and abused. Why?

You might not know the answers to all the above questions, but you can work for betterment by doing everything in your control.

Volunteer, teach, spread awareness, and donate.

Donate to save child rights

7. Health and Wellness

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One person suicides every 40 seconds, but actually, ninety percent of all people who suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, and can be saved.

A huge amount of population cannot afford primary medicines and healthcare. Those people die.

Although governments are trying their best to help people get the basic health facilities, most problems begin around us.

If we’d be more aware, caring, and responsible, wouldn’t circumstances change? Yes, undoubtedly.

Donate for a healthy world


Just a message.

If you’re powerful, it’s your responsibility to empower others as well.

Do it — whenever and however you can. All that you do matters. It changes the world.

Also, I wish to hear from you.

What are the little things we all can do to bring a change? Share your views in the comments, and click on the ♥ to help this post reach more people.



Vishal Ostwal

Unconventional perspective. Honest words.