‘Children’s love and respect the greatest reward’: Paathshala volunteer

  • An HT Initiative, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 15:21 IST
20 year old Shivani Sharma is an English honours student with a soft corner for children that led her to becoming an HT Paathshala volunteer. (Special arrangement)

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More than an act of charity, it is the love and respect the volunteers receive from children that makes them go back again and again.

Shivani Sharma

“I love interacting with kids and that was a big reason for me to become a volunteer. I have taught children earlier at an NGO and when I came across this opportunity with HT Paathshala, I was keen to do it again.

I focused on teaching them simple skills that they could apply in daily life. I began with English and Maths and made time for creative activities like drawing, painting and dancing. When I would give them a bit of home work, they showed a lot of interest and came back with the work complete. That made my day. In between study time, we would take breaks when I told them moral stories and played educational games.

The greatest reward is the love and respect the children show you. It was very touching to see them excited whenever I went for classes. After finishing our volunteer program, we were taken for a visit to Pratham to meet the children. I can’t forget their excitement and the naughtiest one was the first to come running. Volunteering is an experience like no other and I thank HT for running this program.”

About HT Paathshala

Hindustan Times Paathshala is a CSR initiative to support the education of underprivileged children. Over 70,353 lives have been impacted under various projects of Paathshala since its launch in April, 2012. The volunteer program was initiated on 7 Dec 2015 with our partner NGOs to make volunteering accessible to those interested in devoting time for children in need. Be it a donation or a purposeful hour spent with underprivileged children, small actions make a big difference.

If you’re a volunteer, come forth and share your story. We’d love to know your experience. Whether you teach academics, sports, art or music, your story can inspire others to join this movement and bring about change.

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