I make a difference, to them and me: HT Paathshala volunteers

  • An HT Initiative, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2016 16:00 IST
A housewife and accomplished Hindustani vocalist, Chaitali Dutta is a Paathshala volunteer who nurtures musical talent in underprivileged children. (Special arrangement)

Heartening stories of the volunteers at HT Paathshala often talk about how much the volunteers received in return for their initiative.

Chaitali Dutta

“As a singer trained in Hindustani classical, I had held performances across cities in India and taught music to children in a school. But lately, I’d been a homemaker pursuing further training in vocal music which is my passion.

I believe all children have a hidden flair for art and extra-curricular activities go a long way is shaping a child. I was keen to teach music to underprivileged children who may not always find an avenue to explore their talent. Through HT Paathshala’s alliance with Shine Foundation, I found the right platform for this.

And my experience was so rewarding. These children showed great enthusiasm to learn the finer elements of music while performing and I was once again in touch with my passion.”

Aspiring painter and Civil Engineer, 25 year old Mohammed Muslim, runs a construction business and dedicates his weekends to volunteer work with HT Paathshala. (Special arrangement)

Mohammed Muslim

“I am a civil engineer and now have my own construction business. It’s a busy schedule and these days it’s hard for people to make time for themselves. I think in the midst of all the responsibilities and work it is also important to live for yourself.

For me the way to do that was to do something for society, especially children. Their smile can make ones day. I got a chance to contribute in my own small way by volunteering for HT Paathshala and being a part of the JustKhelo project. The best part is that JustKhelo focuses on learning through games. For the volunteers there are no time restrictions. One can simply take time out over the weekends to play with children.

The returns are manifold. The joy of these talented children is infectious. They thoroughly enjoy and learn and just spending time with them is reward enough.”

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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