The guiding light

Her mind is restless as she stands before me. Her eyes dart in all directions when she suddenly stops answering my question and scolds a child for not paying attention to his work.

Written by Divya Jyoti Randev | Chandigarh | Published: March 11, 2009 11:03 pm

Her mind is restless as she stands before me. Her eyes dart in all directions when she suddenly stops answering my question and scolds a child for not paying attention to his work.

Anuradha Sharma,the founder of Hamari Kaksha,a voluntary society,is a lecturer at the Government College in Sector 11. “I am fortunate that my working hours at the college end at 2 pm leaving me enough time to work with these children. It’s easy to balance both as I am very passionate about the cause,” she says.

Sharma runs the society in the Government Primary School in Sector 7. “I started the society in 2003 with 17 children. The number is over a hundred now. These are children from the economically weaker section who have either dropped out of school or are repeating a class. We give them free tuition and help them with their studies. They face a lot of rejection in life and we want to provide them support so that they can become self-sufficient,” she says.

Sharma states that in her formative years she was guided well by her family. “I was an observant child. I was always sensitive to other people’s needs and feelings. I learnt that there are many people around me who need my help,” she says.

“Each of us has the capacity to do something for the system that we are a part of. After my son grew up,I felt that I had no excuse for not doing social work. So I started this society,” Sharma remarks.

She reveals that these children have a lot of potential and her organisation aims at honing their talents apart from working on their academic skills. Pointing to a child memorising his lesson,the lecturer says: “He seems to be a shy child. But the moment he gets up on stage,he transforms into a confident performer. These children just need some motivation and encouragement. So,we conduct a number of workshops,plays and exhibitions for them.”

Surprisingly,youngsters form a major chunk of the volunteers at the society. She says: “The younger people are quite misunderstood. They just need the right direction. I have formed ‘Sankalp GC-11’,a voluntary group in my college. I see great fire in the members. They really want to do something for the society.” Sharma says that social work is just like lighting a candle. “It takes the least effort but spreads light everywhere. Until you actually do it,you cannot imagine how much you get in return. I have never felt so content with life,” she sums up.

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