In 2013, farmers in Haryana, India had been tricked into promoting their farmland unfairly cheaply. The case of Delhi Land Seize and Finance, because it grew to become recognized, has seen many Indian households lose the means to assist themselves. The incident is just not remoted. There are millions of such circumstances in India yearly.
This was the belief of the highschool pupil at Oxford Academy’s passing of Luthra when he made a go to to India in 2016 to see his uncle.
“My uncle Poinder, he was truly scammed out of his land within the DLF land seize case,” Luthra stated.
Poinder was pressured to promote his farmland at Amipur for 1 / 4 of what it was value.
“He misplaced his whole farm and was pressured to go to the slums,” Luthra stated. “We truly went to see him there and it was actually unhappy. My cousins had been there. After I bought house from that point, I knew I wanted to do one thing about it.”
Luthra thought of methods to boost cash and consciousness, and ultimately landed on writing a guide, aimed toward kids between the ages of 8 and 12, to assist educate them about monetary literacy. He spent a 12 months and a half writing, reviewing, making art work, after which discovering a writer. His father discovered on-line writer Caitlyn Jones and her firm, Artist Madrid Books, helped make Luthra’s guide a actuality.
The result’s “The Sugar Farm Rip-off” written by Luthra and illustrated by Nabil Haider.
“This guide is a fictional story a couple of household in India who’s scammed off their land after which rescued by a financially literate lawyer,” Luthra stated. “The purpose of the novel is to convey the significance of monetary literacy, particularly to the youthful technology.”
Luthra is an energetic ambassador for the charity CRY America, a non-profit group that works on educating kids in creating nations, and all proceeds from the creator’s gross sales of his books will go to the group.
The guide was printed in April and is obtainable on Amazon, however will quickly be present in Anaheim faculty libraries as nicely. The Anaheim Unified College District lately agreed to order greater than 100 copies.
“They’re actually implementing a brand new strategy to monetary literacy,” Luthra stated. “They are going to purchase about 110 copies of the guide for all of the elementary faculties within the space.”
Monetary literacy is a set of expertise that Luthra feels lacks not solely in India however within the US public faculty system.
“I really feel it’s the obligation of society to ensure our younger technology is aware of deal with their cash,” Luthra stated. “When folks go away faculty, they go away and they do not know pay taxes, do something like that, and we do not do a very good job of getting ready them for the true world.”
Lack of monetary literacy makes you extra susceptible to fraud or exploitation, like Luthra’s uncle.
After commencement, Luthra plans to pursue a profession in monetary regulation and hopes to create a enterprise workforce to extend instructional assets in distant villages in India.
He has additionally reached out to different faculty districts that is perhaps curious about copying the guide similar to Anaheim Kant.
“After all, alone I can’t make a distinction on the earth, but when we are able to persuade the youthful technology to learn these books and get impressed, then collectively as a group we are able to attempt to make a distinction and hopefully make a safer future with their cash.”
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