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Prachi M. Sakpal S. - 22 - Female

posted Jun 22, 2010, 11:54 AM by Ashish Pawaskar
Working.
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…"  :)
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