Far better

These are good days for us in SAHAYA here; days when we literally start seeing our dreams come true. We all had great dreams when we started SAHAYA…To expand to more number of schools …To make Computers just another learning tool for kids…to have an institutional/teaching organization that works on our syllabus round the year, researching and constantly tweaking and updating it to suit kids better.

But today suddenly all our great dreams don’t seem that great compared to where we stand, what we can achieve and what is required of us.  The role of SAHAYA in an school two years back is no longer its role today; it’s much broader. The role of a SAHAYA volunteer two years back is no longer the same; it’s far greater.

Looking back at the year gone past, and all the classes we took as Sahaya volunteers, I keep trying to evaluate whether we changed anything in the system, whether we made a difference at all…

One of the reasons why Sahaya is such a great idea is because it offers responsibility to the volunteer and not simply an opportunity to feel good about himself / herself. Last year, this responsibility entailed that we come on time, come prepared, stick to the timeframe of the syllabus, and such. Looking at it this way, Sahaya is really an exercise in self-discipline.

And personally, I think I could have done better. Quite often, I thought that our teaching was not as effective as it could have been; sometimes it seemed as if the kids were having trouble grasping the lessons. Maybe that would not have been so if we were better prepared. Or maybe we were just expecting too much out of the kids….

This post is a tribute to all those volunteers who are coming forward and taking charge in SAHAYA. It’s function is to celebrate each and every one of you who have chosen to make a difference.
Team Sahaya @ 3rd anniversary 
Journey for the future continues.... cheers to all those who are a part of it...

3 Great Years

Science Fair @ Narsapur

The idea of a science fair brings me memories from my school,the exhibits, the creativity, the fun filled learning and lots more!!!! Kudos to the Sahayans for giving this experience to the less privileged children and i am happy and privileged to be a part of it :)
 Though i was partially involved in the science fair held in other schools, it was in ZPGHS, Narsapur i contributed to the best of my capability. Unfortunately i wasn't able to make it to the introductory session of the Science Fair in the school. My peers gave an introduction about the fair to the children and made it easy for us in the following sessions.
In the next session i along with my friends reached the school in the morning. It was my first visit to the school. The school was simple and its hard for one visiting for the first time to believe it accommodates three mediums English, Urdu and Telugu. The students were waiting eagerly for us to start of their work and the teachers were cooperative and encouraging. 
Being my first session in the school it took a while for me to accustom to it and to understand the current status of work as the work had already begun in the previous session. I along with my friends started working on the model of a school. Later we went to the Urdu medium girls to tell about the fair and we were happy to see their response and oozing enthusiasm. We tried to accommodate as many ideas as possible. After that session we had few more sessions before we were finally ready for the D-day I.e 4th of march.

         On the day of the Science fair all the volunteers reached the school by 10:00 am. We started of  by arranging the classrooms to displays the exhibits. We had around 80-90 exhibits including the charts, working models paintings and art exhibits, each exhibit competing with every other exhibit. The two rooms where the exhibits were kept were vibrant and colorful with the display of models. There were charts of  digestive system, eyes, kidneys,  Petroleum production, vitamins, life cycle of a frog and many more covering different subjects. Models included the demonstration of Volcano, vermi compost, egg in water ,
Flow of current etc…  There were some beautiful paintings, embroidery, colourful flowers made of soap, a beautifully woven mat of cigar packets and lots more in the arts section which were a feast to the eyes of the art lovers. And finally when the teachers came to see, the students proudly displayed their exhibits and confidently explained their work. Later we  gave a small tea party to the teachers for all their support and encouragement without which it would not have been possible for us to conduct the fair successfully. The following day we gave away the participation certificates to all the participants and the Winners.

And like always it  was an indelible experience working with Sahaya, the sessions filled with fun geared up with a noble motive, new friends, the enthusiastic children, obviously the work and not the forget the Sheer Kurma served to us in school, Lunch in Maharaja Dhaba beside the sugar factory(all those who were there  tht day wud totally comply with me :D and the Samosa and chai in Gummadidala J…. memories I would cherish all my life.. :)