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Make A Difference - A Request
Jul 18, 2007 11:03 AM 2982 Views
(Updated Jul 18, 2007 11:29 AM)

This is a request which I want to make to all the people who refuse to step into the places where they are sure to feel sad, sorrow or uneasiness. Step inside NOW and make somebody happy by showing you care. Lend your talents where they are needed. Keep giving your gift. You WILL make a difference. You will recognize YOU. Test your personality by showing you care!.

I had finished my college and had joined the group of job hunters. I was hunting sincerely in nearby city jungle unsuccessfully.  Near my house in Marai Malai Nagar there is an orphanage. Many a days, I had avoided it simply because I thought it was a place which will wind up depressing me for the obvious reasons.  I knew I was of a sensitive kind and I might end up crying, and who likes to be sad! When one day when I was in my blues thinking about futility of life and such, at the end of it all, I was left with the sinking feeling that I wasn’t doing anything important with my life. I finally decided, “Let me step into the orphanage and offer my help to them in some way”(a decision which I never regretted).

The day I visited the orphanage, there were no children(all had gone to nearby Tamil medium school).  It was a small orphanage of not more than 150 children, boys and girls aged from 6 years to 16 years. I learned that they were made to get up early in the morning around 5'o clock, take bath and do their prayers.  They helped each other in dressing up, studied for an hour, had breakfast and went to school. In the afternoon they had school food, and in the evening they came back, had tea, and followed the strict routine laid down by the orphanage. I met the warden, who was very kind. I told her, "Ma'am, I want to help the children but don't know how! And I don't have money to give them."  She looked at me and smiled, and said "Dear child, we have money-donors aplenty, visitors a few, and helping hands nil and that is what we truly need! Can you spend one hour a day with these kids and give tuitions to them?” I replied “Willingly, ma'am".

And so my next day at 6.00pm, when I entered the orphanage, there were kids everywhere gawking at me and calling "akka akka enakkum edunka”. I felt shy, sad and scared seeing so many children wanting me to give tuition. Warden however, had chosen a set of 8 students who she thought deserved a tuition teacher more than the others; they were children studying from 8th to 10th Std.  The first week, as I had predicted, went very badly, and I went back home and had a good cry daily(I tortured myself thinking how much they were yearning for love and I totally avoided contact with the younger kids because the innocent look on their faces haunted me).  But with strong will, I continued.  The more I went, the more uninhibited I became about them, and surprise, I started interacting with smaller kids as well!  I started spending my Sundays too with them, inventing games, playing with them, laughing, hugging and what not! And the warden jokingly remarked that I was a bad influence on the kids! I saw light in their darkness and I felt as if I was experiencing an oasis in a desert.  After I started giving tuitions, I noticed that the kids were performing well in studies.  The boys and girls started scoring very well, and in fact two boys scored 90% in Maths(a high achievement in that orphanage).  It made a change in me too, as I started looking at life in a fresh angle.  After three months, I got a job but I continued my visits for a year, and then my life took a turn as I got a job in a central govt. organization a little far away.  With a heavy heart I bid farewell to them, with promises that I would be back.

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