07 Nov A path from MY perceptions to OUR action
Kanini in Bhumi does more than programming and debugging….It brings in eternal happiness!! Puzzled???? Well, I’ve been thinking about it and have now decided to pen (type :P) it down.
As a student with the aspiration to spend my weekends usefully, I decided to join Bhumi about which I had heard from one of my college friends Janani (who’s also a Kanini volunteer). I had no great chimera about joining Bhumi except for a deep desire to do something useful for the enrichment of underprivileged children’s academic future. But to be truthful, from Bhumi I have gained a lot more than what I had really expected…!!
The orientation completely changed my elemental belief about NGOs … I was astonished to see a set of youngsters running around expeditiously explaining to the new volunteers how the organisation works! It gave me a real sense of comfortJ . Without any particular reason, except that I resided in Parrys corner, Kanini’s men folk – Ayyanar & Mallieswaran – nice people to be thanked first and foremost pulled me into the Kanini project and allocated me to the YMCA centre.
My first day at YMCA was exciting. However, the thought that I was going to meet a new set of people whom I hardly knew made me anxious, my centre head Yasser seemed friendly and I started feeling comfortable with my new team.
The icebreaking session with a set of 40 children running around calling me Akka with their glowing smiles was an awesome feeling which was worth a million bucks and can’t be explained in words. Every Saturday was like a self-development session for me. There was lot to learn from my co-volunteers Syed, Vasanth, Kaavya and especially Rajkumar, who became my good friends too. I started realising that it was a tremendous experience to work as a team for a cause 🙂
The children’s interest to learn computers and the excitement to operate these showed how much they strived to learn things they are often not provided with. There’s nothing more than the eternal joy that comes with teaching the children who long to learn!
There is no delight in owning anything un-shared 🙂 Bhumi provides children a platform for better learning and a podium to brighten their tomorrow by transforming their dreams to reality. Finally I’ve a role to play in society through Bhumi and am extremely happy to be a bitty part of it 🙂
REALLY PROUD TO BE AN “AKKA” TEACHING COMPUTERS IN YMCA 🙂
– Kathambari E