Thirty six-year-old Itishri always wanted to be more than just a medical practitioner.
A doctor at a private hospital, she found her true calling only after she volunteered to teach underprivileged children about health and hygiene with HT Paathshala. She now teaches at a school in Trilokpuri near Mayur Vihar.
“Education is one of the most prized possessions and every child has a right to it. I wanted to contribute in my own small way and hence I volunteered for this program. I feel very good with whatever I am doing,” she said.
Itishri said being among children was a fulfilling experience for her. “The enthusiasm of these children is not just commendable, it is an eye-opener. They show us that we have budding talent in every nook and corner,” she said.
Hindustan Times Paathshala is a CSR initiative to support the education of underprivileged children. Over 60,000 lives have been impacted under various projects of Paathshala since its launch in April 2012. Volunteering programme was started on December 7, 2015, with partner NGOs to make help for these underprivileged children more accessible.
Pallavi, programme head from Pratham Delhi, said, that people have volunteered to participate in the programmes very enthusiastically. “We were able to get many volunteers through Hindustan Times Paathshala. They aid teachers in maintaining class order and assisting them with different learning methods.”
(Readers can share their experience of volunteering for such a cause or about anyone contributing to the education of the underprivileged children through academics, sports, music, craft and more. These stories can be sent to www.paathshala.hindustantimes.com. )