Underprivileged children more enthusiastic, says volunteer

  • An HT Initiative, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 05, 2016 16:19 IST
Manisha Verma, 26, a Regulatory Record Specialist, makes time over the weekends to volunteer for HT Paathshala. (Special arrangement)

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For some volunteers, HT Paathshala has offered a welcome break from the mundane and a rewarding way of feeling enriched by connecting productively with people. .

Manisha Verma

“When I saw an ad in the paper about HT Paathshala, it struck me as a good way to spend some quality time with myself away from work and the daily chores. Above all, I thought it would be a way to give back to society and get inner peace.

I went to Shine Woman Home on a weekend and the supervisor took me around and introduced me to the children. It was a pleasant environment full of smiling children busy with various types of art like making paper flower art designs. I was later told that different children had different learning needs and were accordingly taught different activities. Not knowing where to begin, I started with inspirational storytelling, i.e., telling the children motivational stories about some legendary personalities from whom they could draw life lessons. This got them excited to learn more. I then taught them General Knowledge and Self Defense and we also learnt Life Skills with some fun activities.

My experience at Shine Woman Home gave me a sense of accomplishment that nothing can beat. At the same time, I am grateful for this opportunity to interact with these young girls bursting with energy and eagerness to learn.”

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.

To know more about us:

You can visit www.paathshala.hindustantimes.com or

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Share your volunteering experience at: paathshala@hindustantimes.com

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