Hello everyone! I am Monica and I work as a volunteer with the Administrative branch at The YP Foundation. Over 150 volunteers at The YP Foundation are raising funds and running in the Great Delhi Run on 21st Nov to show support for the causes that TYPF works for; imparting education and life-skills to urban slum children, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, arts, governance, film-making and RTI. I am one of them.
I began my fundraising efforts and registered for the Concern India marathon on 28th of September.
Fundraising for the marathon at first seemed like a daunting task as I set such a high goal for myself. I played safe at first and started with my family members. Their support and contributions of 7,500 is what got me to believing that I could actually reach my target. I then broadened my view to my neighbors and college friends and am now comfortably close to my goal. I want to share an incident that truly touched my heart and in fact inspired me to work for a cause, that has always been very close to my heart.
One Tuesday morning I was talking to a few friends outside college about how The YP Foundation works for underprivileged children by educating them about life skills and helps them with academics when a 12 year old girl interrupted me to ask me “kya aap in paison se hum jaise bachon to padhai karate ho?” I thought it was cute and I smiled and nodded in affirmation to which she very dedicatedly said, “mera naam Meghna hai, main bapu dham basti mein rehti hun, mein bhi appke kaam ke liye dus rupeeye dena chahti hun.” This moment not only changed the way I looked at raising funds for The YP Foundation but also gave me a whole new perspective about donations. I was moved by the generous and kind thought of the girl who donated her money to a complete stranger based only on a promise and hope in an endeavor to help other children just like her own self.
It led me to ask myself a simple question, which now, I would like all of you, reading this blog to ask yourselves-’if that little girl, with no idea of how this world functions, who’s family struggles everyday for survival, could dare to dream, is it not our duty to make every possible effort to make her dream come true?”