Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Andheri saw a turnout of over 140 people on Sunday for a recruitment drive organised by Make A Difference (MAD), an organisation where youngsters get together to teach English or plan educational events for the many orphans and underprivileged children living on the streets of Mumbai.
In MAD’s recruitment drive, everyone, right from working professionals to students, lined up to work part time on weekends for such social causes.
“MAD started as small group of six youngsters in Cochin, founded by Jithin C Nedumala, but today we are present in 23 cities across India.
In Mumbai there are almost 230 children and we have close to 50 volunteers so far. Today, we are hoping to get many more volunteers,” said Mahua Roy, the president of Friends of MAD, a subproject.
Ishita Mordani , 22, 5th year architecture student of L S Raheja College, who has been working for the cause from the past one year, said that she finds heading the events team easy. “I am called the ‘event fellow’ in MAD. Since I am from the architecture background, the architect in me finds it easy to relate to the work I do here,” she said.
Though she has to cut down on weekend activities like meeting friends or catching up a movie, working with MAD, she claims, makes up for everything.
“As we are one big MAD family, although we come from different fields like public relations, engineering, networking and architecture, we stay together as we have one thing in common, the cause,” said Mordani.
After becoming a part of MAD, volunteers can participate in either of their two major projects- MAD for Children and Friends of MAD. The main venture under the MAD for Children’s project is to teach English to underprivileged children and orphans studying in classes 5 to 10.
“The English books that are used to teach these kids are provided by MAD’s education partner Cambridge University Press, which makes books available to MAD at a discounted price,” said one of the volunteers.
For Dhruvi Mehta, 20, 3rd year chemical engineering student, Sunday was all about sleeping or watching TV, but one year of participating in such social drives has completely changed her perspective of a Sunday.
“I used to spend my weekends sleeping, but after joining MAD, which takes only 3 hours of every weekend, my days are spent differently,” she says.
Children are provided with career guidance and are also taken out on camps as a part of this initiative.
Fund-raising projects also feature in this.
Make A Difference indeed brings many people, from diverse backgrounds, together under one roof, with the shared aim of making a difference to the lives of the lesser privileged.