Wednesday , August 21 2019

Dil Se Campaign – A learning Experience

Dil Se Campaign is an initiative under Aman Biradri to provide shelter homes, food, living, and
education – the basic necessities of life to people who live in Red light areas or beg at signals
.My journey as a volunteer with Kilkari, one of the children homes of Aman Biradri under Dil
Se Campaign started in the month of January. Firstly, I volunteered for their Annual Day at
Umeed Home near Qutub Minar followed by a teacher at Kilkari Home near Kashmere Gate.
When I began my college life, I was introduced to this venture by one of my seniors.

On the very first day of my visit to Kilkari, we were a group of three girls from our college
who were meant to teach different subjects, mine being English. Initially, the visits were
limited to knowing the girls there, about their dreams and aspirations and how they lived
there. I still remember when once I visited the place and few girls below 10 years of age
were playing with marbles and stones and invited me to try it. Though I tried it, what I
noticed there were these kids were curious to learn and possessed learning skills just lacking
the enthusiasm. Within few visits, they remembered our names and we theirs.
Aimed at teaching these students, we learned few lessons for life. These children were just
unnoticed and underprivileged who could be made to live a better life.Secondly, they had
better experiences of life than us. The most challenging part of the volunteer-ship was to
bring these students to work. It was a daily task to make an entry and then go around
looking for children in the homes and restricting them to a place so that they don’t run away
to play.
The best part about working with Kilkari was hearing from the students you teach that they
got good marks in the respective subject followed by the love and respect they would
express. When my volunteer-ship ended, I visited the place to meet them and it was good to
see smiling faces of kids who weren’t even ready to attend classes in the past. The
relationship between us grew deep over the time.
Working with Dil Se Campaign, I also witnessed the challenges that are faced in the management
of NGO. But such NGOs prove that change is necessary and can be acquired with constant
efforts. At the end, I will always recommend that everyone should volunteer at some NGO, it
will change your perspective to look at things .

Be the Change you wish to see in the world
– Mahatma Gandhi


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Kavita Goodwani

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