It is a pleasant day today with intermittent rain and lots of clouds. For some of us, it turned to be a beautiful day as we visited Earth Saviours Foundation. We got a Gift of Joy from the inmates of the NGO, run as a shelter of hope in Bandwari Village.
The day started with a tree plantation drive in the shelter and a number of local Jamun (Black Plum) trees were planted by the senior inmates and some of our friends.
Next was a round of sweets shared with the inmates. The smiles were precious as were some comments, like “I had 3 laddoos” and the feeling was priceless.
After spending some more time talking to the inmates we said our goodbyes but not before we left more goodies (rations) for them and a promise to return soon.
Thank you friends for this gift of joy and spread of smiles.
Yesterday I was in Ahmadabad and while coming to the Airport, got a chance to visit Humankind, an NGO in Sabarmati area. It was truly a humbling experience.
Humankind’s journey started in 2005 in the neighborhood slum to provide education to underprivileged children and adults under their noble project ‘Literacy for All’.
They operated under the shades of trees till one realtor Nanakram came forward and allowed them to use their terrace in their nearby Super Market. Then came ONGC who provided a roof over the children’s classrooms.
Their challenges however did not end there, as it was a huge task to mentally prepare the parents and their children to come and attend the school but ultimately power of education won.
Today there are about 120 children who are taught by Volunteers, who range from retired professionals, social workers, College kids, who visit in their spare time to share their time & knowledge and even an Indigo Airhostess. Some of the social workers are former street children who have worked their way out of destitution with the assistance of the NGO. One of the things which personally impressed me was the team’s gender-balance and their motto “hum sab ek hai” particularly in Gujarat.
If you interested to know more or provide help in any manner, you may contact them directly –