Poetry, dancing, ball engaging activities and just sharing their dreams and aspirations–– this sums up the journey of over 40 underprivileged kids on the Rapid Metro in Gurgaon. As part of the Sapno Ka Dibba express event and Dreamathon initiative, the half-hour ride commenced from the Sikanderpur Rapid metro station.
The initiative is not just limited to Delhi, and aims to cover around 10 lakh kids. The drive has already covered over 60,000 kids in Delhi itself. “Through this, we wanted to show the kids, that the world is moving, so that they too can be a part of this India,” says Srijan Pal Singh, Author, author, entrepreneur and former advisor to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Initiated by the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre, the campaign is all about making kids dreams come true. “We’ll be visiting villages, schools, to capture the dreams of children, in the form of writing, painting. The campaign is all about dreams as Dreamothon is a long run of powerful dreams.The motive is to cover over 2000 schools in over 13 states. We want to publish their books, and hold their art exhibitions. We want to capture dreams of children from different cities wherein we’ll publish their books, and hold exhibitions of their art.” says Nitin Soni, Head, Delhi, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre.
Sharing an anecdote on the former President and scientist who worked tirelessly for children’s welfare in the country, Singh shares, “Dr Kalam used to say, dreams are those which you don’t see while you sleep, they are those that don’t let you sleep. When he was nine years old , he had a dream about flying. His teacher taught him, how birds fly, and he said ‘I also want to fly’. Then he wanted to be a pilot. He could not become a pilot initially, so he started making things which fly, and that became his career.”