In our attempt to ‘give back’ to society, we as a firm do our bit by organizing a community service event each year. This year, we visited a school for underprivileged kids, hoping to add some cheer to their lives, and some value and humility to ours. The event was held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 and spearheaded by ‘Teach for India’ volunteers. Teach for India (TFI) is a nation-wide movement of leaders, who recruit top graduates and professionals, working to bridge the education gap. (For more information please visit

The school we visited, Shri Ram Vidya Mandir, is a low-income private school, located in Kranti Nagar, Kandivali East, and has been functioning for about 10 years now. The school has both, Hindi and English medium sections, from KG to Class 10 with approximately 1,600 students. Students come from a very poor socio-economic background. In fact, many are the first in their families to attend school.

Our intent behind the event was to conduct an activity that would be enjoyable as well as educational. After brainstorming with the TFI volunteers, we decided to hold an ‘Art Workshop’ – something which was never done by the school before. Classes 1 to 5 were involved in the activity where students were divided into groups of 5. Each group of students worked together with 2 volunteers from TresVista.

Our agenda included drawing, coloring and clay modeling. Some creative heads sketched fascinating images of space ships, air planes and even irrigation systems in a village. Our volunteers were also enthusiastic enough to pick up crayons and showcase their art skills as well. For classes 4 and 5, the volunteers engaged the students in a small discussion on the ‘Importance of education in our lives’. 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! To make the activity a fun filled one for the students, we held an interactive singing session where the younger students were taught some nursery rhymes and songs. Their excitement to learn made them sing along with us to glory. ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Old Mac Donald’ were hot favorites. The students also performed on some Bollywood numbers like ‘Dhinka Chika’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ and taught us their very own and popular rap, the ‘JOE Song’.

The warmth and enthusiasm showed by the students toward us (fondly called ‘Didis and Bhaiyas’) was overwhelming. They were remarkably well behaved and showed immense respect towards each one of us. After a long day at ‘work’, we were all quite famished, and grabbed a few vada-pavs and biscuits with the students.

We then ended the day by saying our goodbyes to the children, which was a more emotional affair than most of us could have foreseen. The students were extremely touched by our presence and requested us to visit them again. One of the girls even wrote us a letter saying, ‘We are happy you are a nice teacher. You also help more people. We had fun today and are sad you are going.”

It felt really great to take out some time from our busy schedules and try to make a difference in somebody’s life. Although the day was tiring, each one of us walked out with a smile on his/her face.

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