I was elated to be part of the first task of The Stambh Internship. It was my first ever
experience of donation. First time in a long time I
stepped out of my comfort zone to do something
that would provide happiness to others.
BEING THE CAUSE OF
SOMEONE’S HAPPINESS CAN BRING YOU
HAPPINESS IN MANY
It was a different experience when I stepped out
of my home and went to a nearby slum area. I met
a lot of people and seeing their methods of surviving filled my heart with melancholy. There
were old people, young children, and even infants. The men there usually worked at
construction sites and the women did the household chores like washing clothes and cooking
food. Some of the women also worked at the construction sites along with their husbands and
children. All of their condition was poor and they barely had enough resources to survive.
The place they lived in was dirty and their houses were old and weak. They depended upon
the little income that they luckily earned after their backbreaking work.
Even after living their lives in such miserable conditions, they all had big smiles on their
faces while talking to me. I told them that I had come to distribute some clothes and utensils.
They were overwhelmed and showed me their place.
A 16 year old boy who worked at a store to earn money for his family.
She was very happy seeing the saree i gave her and then she gave me blessings
One by one I distributed clothes to them and they thanked me and gave me their blessings. It was a moment so close to my heart and I had tears in my eyes. I was amazed by the thought that even after facing difficulties every day, a person could live such lives filled with
This old lady was so kind that she even asked me to have some food at her home.
The families were not educated but were very kind and caring. The people wanted to send
their children to schools. The children also had great ambitions in their lives. When I asked
them about there future plans like what they wanted to become in life, some said doctors,
some said engineers and every child wanted to study and earn money. The children said that
they wanted to be rich and live in good, big houses as they saw in the city.
Seeing them living like this, deprived of the basic needs of life was heart-breaking. Living in
those slums seemed so suffocating to me. They did not even have a proper water facility in
their area. The whole area was messy and dirty and would be filled with infections and
He was a small boy who
was just happy to get new
clothes and some sweets.
diseases like Malaria, Typhoid, and Dengue. People already suffering from diseases did not
have the money to buy medicines.
I met a girl who was nearly my age. Her name was Komal and she was currently studying
from her phone preparing for the UPSC examination. I wished her luck and told her to call
me if she needed anything.
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