Penned by: Atish Sihi
Think! You are watching a 100-meter race where you see some of the participants are starting 50 meters behind, from the starting line! How do you feel? Unfair/Angry? In our race for life, similarly, a section of people do not have the privilege to start their life from the mark. Volunteering work has allowed many of us to at-least understand the other side, if not solving it. That could be a baby step to create a fair society.
After attending a few Oracle events I strongly felt about joining a regular volunteering work where I can spend more time with unprivileged kids to know them better and if at all show them a steady path ahead. I started going to a teaching center regularly near my area which is working under an NGO named UPAY. The first day of teaching made sure that this is what I need to do.
The children’s love for mathematics surprised me. You give them 5 math questions, they will solve in no time and they are behind you for more. They were from classes 3, 4, 5. They don’t have a proper dress to wear, they hardly have sandals on their leg but they regularly come to the school to learn new things. Their happiness has no bounds when I stick a star or smiley on their worksheets top corner. Their eyes glow if I check their papers with a pen, but not with a pencil. It made their day when I gifted them each just a new pencil. They crave for a “good boy” or “very good” or a pat on their back.
All this while I thought I have to move a mountain to make someone’s life better. But No, just the effort to take that first little step itself had its wonders. What more motivation was required to continue the journey? Now it’s more than 3 months I am a regular volunteer teacher for the center. The love you get from the kids is mystic.
We keep Sundays to have fun activities; they love to solve jigsaw puzzles. Thanks to my younger teammates like Samruddhi, Lalit, Arjun who gifted them lots of jigsaw puzzles. If you want to know how simple and happy life can be, I welcome you to come on Sundays and have fun with these kids.
I joined to show them future through education but they taught me contentment through innocence.