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Threads of hope

She brings her energy,love,hope and faith along with her to reach out to those who are at the crossroads of their lives.

Written by Parul |
April 16, 2009 3:27:17 am

It’s a growing tribe of youngsters who’re looking ‘outwards’ to make a difference & add value to others’ lives

She brings her energy,love,hope and faith along with her to reach out to those who are at the crossroads of their lives. Teaching slum children,working with families of prisoners,feeding the hungry,running counselling courses… it’s all in a day’s work for Divya,who played badminton at the national level and is now part of the Samarpan Foundation,which runs various welfare and health projects all over the country for orphans,street children,the homeless,poor farmers…the mantra they practice is to start focussing outwards. “I became a part and parcel of the Foundation three years back,I was 20 then and it’s a realization of my childhood dream to work for others,’’ smiles Divya,who got the children of the school,the Foundation runs,into sports like kho-kho,pithhu et al. Empowering with love and education,Arora is also handling Injustice of Justice,a project where various needs of the families of prisoners are taken care of. “I visit them,share their concerns,address their needs and it’s both fulfilling and satisfying,’’ Divya says when you look out and work with these people,you find your problems are miniscule. Family support,work satisfaction,immense joy,it’s all worth the effort,she smiles. “And it’s not that you’re giving up on life,you’re just adding more meaning to it,’’ for Divya her work is her life.

Age’s no bar any longer in community service,with schools and colleges encouraging it in both letter and spirit and various projects involving and cheering youngsters to be part of others’ lives,in person. Monetary support is only one facet of reaching out,agrees Sangeeta Vardhan of Good Beginnings,a school for street-children run by The Vatsal Chaya Trust. Community building,by looking beyond the confines of our comforts,not because it is noble or ‘karmically’ fulfilling,but because it is humane is the idea. And part of this philosophy are students like Yuvika,Hina,Neha,Sonakshi from MCM DAV,who teach children here after college. According to them,it doesn’t take too much to shift priorities and enlarge your vision to include those in urgent need,for the process makes you more responsible,responsive and compassionate. “We strongly believe in paying it forward to those who are not as privileged as us. The harsh reality has made us more sensitive and the kids always bring a smile to our face and warmth in our hearts,’’ Yuvika puts it simply.

For Soumya,a final-year student of the College of Architecture,teaching math to the children of Theatre Age has changed the course of her life. Soumya’s charted a success story for them and is sure that teaching is her calling and her future. “I began by teaching them tables,multiplication,algebra,geometry and have learnt so much from them in the process. Yes,it was tough,being from a Convent,it took me time to instruct in Hindi,but I’m a changed person. At the end of the day,it’s all about believing in what you do and adding value to someone’s life,’’ shares Soumya. hopes to take up teaching as a full-time career.

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Euvan is all set to study world history at Oxford next month and is in India to take a break before the grind begins. He is nowadays teaching underprivileged school students of Zulfikar at the Sector 24 government school,cancelling his tour of Goa. “It’s a role I love,for I have seen my parents,theatre artists have an opportunity to use inability. It’s only education that gives you a chance of social mobility and chance to rise from the bottom to the top and I am privileged to be a part of the process,’’ Euvan teaches adjectives and verbs through role play and games. “I am rethinking my plan of being a politician,instead I may get involved in an international role to make a difference and I am surely coming back…’’ Euvan promises. Hope floats!

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First published on: 16-04-2009 at 03:27:17 am

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