The first week of our new HCS initiative is over and we are very satisfied with the way things have shaped up so far. There are a few logistical and agenda issues but they should be sorted out by next week.
As I mentioned in the last post, I made it a point to go to the classes on all weekdays to take up regular Xth class English syllabus and to get them started up with the subject. I could not exactly keep up that word as I missed two days but I nevertheless completed the first lesson “The King & the Tamarind Drum” and some grammar in 3 days. It was one hell of an experience as this was the first time I was taking a full fledged class and had to be prepared with notes and stuff.
The weekend thing is also coming along great as we could get around 7-8 volunteers to come on Saturday and Sunday to take spoken English classes. We have started upon with the role plays and the science projects should begin soon.
I have some pictures up here of the actual classrooms and the kids. Please bear with the quality of the snaps as there are only shot with a 1.3 mega pixel mobile camera. The real- time faces of the kids convey a lot more than you can see here.
A particular kid in my class is always gloomy and never does her work. She is sad because she left her job in a factory that earned her Rs.1500. Now, the lack of that money means her family consisting of a single mom and 3 kid siblings have that much less to eat. She looked into my eyes and told me this and all I could do was turn my head away. She is awesome when you speak to her about her views on politics and how these so called rehabilitation agencies treat her, but when it comes to English, she’s just not interested.
There are quite a few tales there that are full of misery and pain, but what keeps these kids going is the that they have realized that the world out there is a much darker place and very soon they have to go back in there and fight it out. For them this is but a pit stop before they get back in.
Week 2 starting tomorrow and I have a poem and a lesson to complete… Go Schumi!!!
Hyderabad Community Service (HCS), the community that we started in Hyderabad comprising all the volunteers who worked for the MV Foundation (MVF) and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is finally underway with its new project of taking daily classes for a group of 100 girls in the age group of 13-16 all of whom were rescued from child labor.
Today the core group finally came together with a concrete plan to take classes for about 6 hours every weekend and I have taken it up as a challenge to take classes’ for atleast 3 days a week so that something concrete can be achieved. The kids are going to be in the camp only till June 3rd so there is loads to be done.
The problem that we as HCS have faced is that we are still trying to get projects that match the high of UNGA and we have been ignoring smaller projects. Today after meeting the kids we felt compelled to get our act together and start this project seriously.
I have been asked this question time and again as to why I want to get this whole NGO thing going on all the time and why I attend all these sessions regularly. For me this thing started as a way to meet new people and get something different going. Meeting beautiful women was of course a definite turn on but now it has reached a stage where this activity is the only thing that is giving me some satisfaction.
Of course we are not achieving anything great but the number of new people that I have met through this community service platform is unbelievable and the kinds that I have met are diverse. For the first time I finally met a guy today who is as much into F1 as I am and that to someone who bashes KIMI and Mclaren and more importantly – a die hard tifosi. Also this guy knows his football and we instantly decided to catch the next FA cup final together. Now this would not have been possible otherwise.
So, it will all start with this weekend session and will have to keep the work going on.
Also in the past month I have been going to the Blank Noise meetings that are an initiative against eve teasing. Had 2 brain storming sessions up to date but I am still not convinced about the idea. I will post about the whole Blank Noise initiative later.
Shameless piece of publicity:
Any one in Hyderabad who is free and who is willing to spend sometime teaching poor kids Basic English or any other stuff or willing to lend a voice for the underprivileged, please get in touch with me. The aim is to spend the free time that we may have during the weekends fruitfully and work with a bunch of wonderful people. Everyone is also welcome to join the Blank Noise initiative too which deals with more of a campaign to promote awareness that eve teasing is punishable.
Looking forward to hearing from some…