Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are our strength, see how being with LEAD has impacted their lives:

"Its really so heart-warming to read about everyone's wonderful experiences in colourful words.......
believe me friends, I had never even dreamt in my life that I would be seeing such a day.......   Our initiative could deeply touch the lives of so many volunteers.......yes, LEAD has really changed the way we look at others now.....no longer, we just criticize or even hesitate to act...... and what better than this!!!.....because Perception is the first step before our Attitude and behavioural change.... Once our perception is right, we will always think and act appropriately.... 

Each one of you has been a real motivation-factor for me ...... whether you have worked for 1 month or 1 year or even 1 week...... !!"
-- Rupesh Gesota

Ramesh R - 44 - Male

posted Jun 22, 2010, 11:57 AM by Ashish Pawaskar

Working with Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd., Vikhroli
With LEAD since March 2009

How is the experience of working here?
Really a fulfilling experience!
There is much to learn from other LEADers – the passion, the dedication. And believe me - there is lot in life lessons to be learnt from the children too!

How has LEAD made a difference in your life? 
My involvement with LEAD has shown me how one can extract time from a 'supposedly busy' life – by reducing on unnecessary activities and channeling it towards fruitful work. It has made my own children (who accompany me now and then to LEAD) to be more aware of the many blessings of life.

Prachi M. Sakpal S. - 22 - Female

posted Jun 22, 2010, 11:54 AM by Ashish Pawaskar

With LEAD since September, 2009.
How is the experience of working here?
It is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it. I've been away from LEAD for 3 months now, & only I know how much I miss LEAD..
I joined LEAD when it still wasn't officially registered as an NGO. And I soon learnt that LEAD isn't just an organization…
It is a place where all the barriers vanish & where the eldest of the volunteers become kids!!
Here the volunteers constantly keep thinking of new ways to teach the kids,
new games to keep them engaged,
new ways to help them open up,
new ideas to bring out their skills,
new ways to celebrate joy with them,
new ways to imbibe good values in them,
new ways to improve their health, to make them independent & strong,
new ways to keep them updated with the outside world,
new ways to make them better people,
new ways to colour their walls,… and also the LIVES of the kids… :)
LEAD is a HOME to these kids.
It's like a plant where all the dedicated volunteers are like the fertile soil nurturing the institute so that our kids bloom like beautiful flowers..
I'm totally amazed by the enthusiasm, dedication, sincere involvement, genuine concern & the daunting spirit of all the LEADers.
Specially the pillars of LEAD – Rupesh, Kailash and Arun.
I've learnt a lot from them.. They personify the statement –
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
And of course, the best part… our kids!! :)
Being with them is pure bliss!
Every kid is special & I hope (like every other LEADer) that they all get what they deserve…
How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
I'd thought I'd be teaching the kids some things, but in turn learnt many precious lessons from the kids and our fellow LEADers..
Importantly, I learnt to value what I have.
And a big lesson-
"Each one of us can make a difference. It only needs a FEW efforts, and a STRONG will…"  :)

Sharda Phadtare - 31 - Female

posted Jun 16, 2010, 10:38 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

Architect, Planner by profession, working in semi govt organization CIDCO, Belapur.  
Conducted the Craft Workshop.  

How  is the experience of working here?
For me this was one of the first hands on experience on something like this. I was little anxious to this entire new event.  But was relaxed to see thee children were also too egger to see what new teacher has brought for them. I started with explaining the different shapes, which most of them already knew. I then introduced to them the composition of different shapes. It was really surprising to see children’s spontaneous response and clear approach. It was really fun and all together a unique experience. All the best to Lead team and hope to have much more wonderful experiences.

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
It has changed my view regarding our responsibilities towards society. The experience symbolizes whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Sneha Nair - 20 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 10:02 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

Studying in SIES (Nerul) for Third year BMM. 
With LEAD since March 2010

How  is the experience of working here?

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
I started liking kids!!!!!!!!!

Binjal Shah - 21 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:58 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

Studing, doing M.Sc in Extension Education from Juhu SNDT
With LEAD since Jan 2010

How  is the experience of working here?
It is a journey of learning and enjoying life with children, living life to fullest extend.

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
Started seeing life to face all problems with smiling face with confidence.

Dipesh Arvind Nilkanth - 22 - Male

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:54 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

With LEAD since Nov, 2009

How  is the experience of working here?
Awesome..............Fantastic..............Great............... and the important thing is Brilliant, Sweet, Lovely and talented all Kids and I am very happy with all of them............

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
LEAD gave me an opportunity to be a Teacher and teach the c
hildren..............LEAD has taught me lot of things........ so 
am always with LEADs Children.. God bless them.....

Bokka Sharada Ramamohan Rao - 26 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:52 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

- Working as Process Trainer Capita Vikhroli
- Completed my MBA from Welingkar Institude of Management (Mumbai)
- Currently completing Diploma In Training & Development (NMIS Mumbai)

With LEAD since June 2010

How  is the experience of working here?
It was difficult to wake up in the morning with regrets but easy to love people and believe everything happens for a reason. I am sure it is not a easy task but it is worth to give your best.

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
Its a wonderful experience to get associated with LEAD.
I am really thankful to my parents for giving me such a wonderful life full of love and affection
Also learnt how to make optimum usage of time, money and values because some part of the population is seriously deprived of many things.

Amruta Lokhande - 22 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:47 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

Mechanical Engineer working in Tata Power
With Lead since March 2010

How  is the experience of working here?
Working in LEAD fills me with compassion and love.

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
The dedication of the volunteers and the innocence of children motivates me to give more than what I can.The selfless environment prevailing in the group makes you believe in goodness of mankind.The experience is simply beautiful and am falling short of words.

Vidya Poojari - 26 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:45 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

With Lead since Nov '09

How  is the experience of working here?
Enjoy a lot teaching the children, fighting with them, laughing with them

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
Made me a socially responsible person

Prerana Sawant - 21 - Female

posted Jun 14, 2010, 9:43 PM by Ashish Pawaskar

Final year Computer Engineering student
With Lead since Aug '09

How  is the experience of working here?
Experience is great and satisfying. I am proud to be a part of such an organization.

How has LEAD made a difference in your life?
Actually, LEAD has taught me to value the things I have. 

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