Spread a smile. Gift a Joy.

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.

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Ravi Kalra the main force behinf Earth Saviours Foundation.
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One of the inmates with a Jamun sapling.
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A senior inmate planting a Jamun sapling.
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A senior inmate planting a Jamun sapling.
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Our happy friends planting the sapling.
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A senior inmate planting a Jamun sapling.

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.

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Now is the time for laddoos.
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Day’s lunch menu, Kadhi chawal.
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A satisfied lot after the plantion drive.
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Kitchen for inmates inside the NGO.
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A relaxed mid morning.
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It’s time to say goodbye.
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Fursat ke kuch pal.

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.

Humankind, a humbling experience.

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’.

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Terrace of Nanakram Super Market, where Humankind holds classes.
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ONGC covered this terrace classroom and saved the kids from the vagaries of nature.
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A covered classroom is always better than studying under a tree.

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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.

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Beautiful message – “Hum sab ek hain”.
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Admission closed.
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A young kid studying.

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 –

Humankind
F/3, 1st Floor, Nanakram Super Market
Ramnagar, Sabarmati
Ahmedabad – 380005
Contact (+91) 9925097708, 9825723632

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postal & Courier Address:
Humankind
F/3, 1st Floor, Nanakram Super Market
Ramnagar, Sabarmati
Ahmedabad – 380005
Gujarat
INDIA
Contact Numbers: (+91) 9925097708, 9825723632