Sarmita Dey

Volunteer

Voluntary social work is something that I dreamt of getting into but paucity of time prevented me from doing so all these years since I had a full-time job. Now after opting for VRS, I consider myself lucky ...to be associated with 'Kalki Chhaya Project',of Nirmal Jeevan Charitable Trust almost since its inception. This is a one of a kind centre where, other than education, children of ragpickers and vegetable-sellers learn manners and moral values, art and craft, cultural activities and games and sports as well. The Sisters who run this centre believe in overall grooming and within a period of two months, there has been a noticeable difference in the children. They now know the meaning of hygiene and are very particular about washing their hands with soap before sitting down for their mid-day meal. They are very keen about their prayers before the meal and take turns individually on daily basis to conduct the prayer session. I love taking their art class and find them very innovative with a tremendous desire to successfully complete their drawing and art and craft assignments. Frankly speaking, I find them no less enthusiastic than children from good homes. I was wonderfully surprised about their performance at the 5.5 kms marathon run at Kamothe. All of them successfully ran the distance and completed the race much before other children and even adults. In fact, they were amongst the first few who reached the venue after the run. Some of them even ran bare feet and their energy was worth watching. A lovely evening on the 26th of December was spent watching the children dance to the tune of songs, an opportunity which they got for the first time in their lives and they sure made the audience laugh and smile throughout the event. They showered so much of affection on Santa Claus, Christmas could not have been better. I would like to mention a word or two about Sr Rini, Sr Paulina and other Sisters, staff and volunteers whose lovely smiles and hard work and dedication each and everyday, have brought about so much of difference to the lives of these children within this short span. During the Christmas program, they ensured that every child got rewarded for his/her individual traits. With my involvement with 'Kalki Chhaya', I seem to have found a purpose in my life. I truly consider myself blessed in getting this wonderful opportunity to do my little bit for these children, who are shunned by Society at large. This is turning out to be an extraordinary learning experience. I would love to continue with this voluntary work in the long run as well.


Christina Jayan

Volunteer

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together makes this world a beautiful garden.” My experience was something like this. A magic exploring a big garden of magnificant flowers, that bought about a change in my life. ...Those days which i spend with the children was one of my enchanting days that ever experienced. Every student in the institution made me feel that i needed a change in me. I realized that not only educated students are responsible and talented, instead every student, every child is unique in himself/herself. They taught me that not all can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. I thank Nirmal Jeevan for giving me such a beautiful experience. “When you come up with children who dream having nothing, makes one humble.