Student says volunteering for Paathshala way to discover oneself

  • An HT Initiative, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 15:34 IST
Nishtha Grover, a 19 year old student of Applied Psychology, enjoys volunteering with HT Paathshala and learning some valuable life lessons. (Special arrangement)

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Volunteers at HT Paathshala come with the mindset of giving something to society but often go back with valuable lessons and experiences.

Nishtha Grover

“This is not the first time I have volunteered. As a student of Applied Psychology, I was actively seeking opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds to understand more. I first worked with underprivileged children through the NGO, Leaders for Tomorrow. While teaching them I saw the kind of empathy they are capable of which was very surprising. I was getting a glimpse of real life and wanted to do more such work.

I then worked with Navchetna School for special children and used play methods to teach childrnen basic manners and hygiene so that they don’t feel left out. I also worked with Kalavati Saran Hospital to impart basic counseling to adolescents to take health decisions in their daily lives.

When I came across the HT Paathshala program, I jumped in without a second thought. At Pratham, I teach children good etiquettes, hygiene and basic first aid. We also do a lot of fun activities like simply making paper planes or fun things out of waste.

Now there is no looking back for me. It is so much fun working with these children and I have learnt some valuable lessons in kindness, honesty and innocence. Volunteering has given me a way to discover myself and learn while serving others.”

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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