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It feels good to give: HT Paathshala volunteers

A common observation of the volunteers at HT Paathshala is the unbeatable enthusiasm of the children and their joy in helping bring about equal opportunities for them.

paathshala Updated: Apr 28, 2016 15:57 IST
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At 65 years, Dilip Mehra, is full of energy when it comes to volunteering for the HT Paathsala initiative. He retired as the Additional General Manager of NTPC, Ltd. (Special arrangement)

A common observation of the volunteers at HT Paathshala is the unbeatable enthusiasm of the children and their joy in helping bring about equal opportunities for them.

Dilip Mehra

“I retired from work some time back and was looking for a way to give back to society. I also wanted to do something useful with the free time I had. I found the answer in HT Paathshala.

Through the program, I was able to interact with children at the NGO, Pratham and teach them English, Maths, Science and Hindi. It is so satisfying to see these budding young minds from fifth, sixth and seventh class that hold promise and potential. Even though they go to government schools, I could see that they needed attention and guidance in specific areas. This helps them stay the course and shapes up their learning process.

I consider myself lucky and feel immense pleasure that I am able to work with these sharp children who are likely to achieve something tomorrow. It is also a joy to be working with Pratham which uses new learning methods and extra-curricular activities for children to channelize their energy.”

Homemaker, Shobha Singh, volunteered at HT Paathshala to teach drawing and added a new dimension to her life. (Special arrangement)

Shobha Singh

“My experiences at Ryan Shine left me richer. I teach the kids drawing. We try experimenting with different methods of drawing. I teach them to draw plants and animals; they really enjoy story based drawing. I was pleasantly surprised to see how rich their imagination really is and how much caliber these children have. One of my students had drawn a group of elephants living as a herd and supporting each other in the jungle. I could see the nuance and depth it required.

But what’s really touching is to see that despite their challenges, these underprivileged children don’t let anything stop them. This truly inspires me. In fact, I’ll go to the extent of saying that my students display more enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and express themselves than others. They certainly deserve equal opportunities and I’m glad to be able to contribute to this through HT Paathshala’s tie up with Ryan Shine. It’s a source of joy and motivation for me.”

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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