The need for collaborative efforts for Social Change

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“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say, that individuality counts but teamwork dynamites.”
Jin Kwon ~

There is often a misconception that social change requires the effort and undertaking of one individual. Although it does involve a change in belief, behavior, and ideology on part of one individual. But it makes a larger impact when several people serving a common goal come together and work towards a common purpose. 

~ You work faster when people are working with you ~

Social change cannot happen and thrive in isolation. It is only when people with a common objective and plan work together that society will change for the better and progress into a positive future. Working together ensures that the effect of such change is not temporary but more long-lasting and impacts a larger group or community. 

As a volunteer, I got the opportunity to be a part of the UPAY Pune Centre. During my interaction, I realized that the mentors are all from different familial backgrounds and educational qualifications. Yet, they perform different roles for the organization, working in a collaborative, mutually beneficial, and unified manner. Understanding that they all were working towards the fulfillment of a common goal, there were admiration and appreciation among each other.

Although working at ground zero is often stressful, with tight deadlines, and a lot of brain-storming to derive solutions at every step of our work. The team made sure there were enough time and space for laughter and enjoyment. 

Volunteers keeping in touch through virtual platform during the pandemic period

The activities that we conduct focuses more on promoting diversity and mutual interdependence and interconnection. Throughout my association, I realized that the goal and intention of working towards fulfilling the common good was a consensus commonly agreed up. The importance of having and expressing Personal opinion and thought is constantly encouraged. 

When I participated in planning, I learned that everything is worked out keeping in mind the abilities and limits we have, given the resource constraints. A great depth of discussion about the competencies and interests of the children has always been a prime focus. And at the same time, mentors made sure that children were allowed to move outside their comfort zones and learn something new. There is always a space for modification and unlike the mechanical style of working, the decisions were more humane and consensual. 

Developing such a working culture helps the organization promote internal growth and movement. And that is how people-led movements like UPAY develop leaders throughout the hierarchy.

My realization about how often in the functioning of performing my roles and activities, I tend to lose sight of the objective and goal I am working towards. But observing how the volunteers at UPAY made an effort to put in extra and as much time as possible towards working for these children, helped me understand an aspect of my own vocational and professional development. 

UPAY mentors along with our students

These days I’ve started recommending UPAY to everyone in my network so that youngsters like us get hands-on exposure towards developing a socially sound community through collective efforts! 

Come on board and experience the bliss!

Written by: Anna Abraham

Published by UPAY - उपाय

UPAY ...An initiative to educate Under Privileged Children from Slums & Footpaths by a group of young Engineers, Doctors , Students and senior citizens

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