By Volunteer Prachi Singh, FHI Indore
It’s been just 5 months since, I have shifted to the city Indore. For an introvert like me, it was extremely stressful to cope up in this new city. And so, I have seen what has possibly been my lowest points during this period and truly it all drained me hugely from inside, I was all chaos with so many questions inside my head but, someone has rightly said, the answers of our questions lie on other side of chaos. And so, I decided that now it’s the time to get out of my shell. So, enthusiastically I started randomly searching for the nearby places to explore this vibrant and overcrowded city. While scrolling on internet, I found “FHI” -“Fly Higher India” that’s where I felt a sense of curiosity to reach out to it.. as, I always wanted this. I always dreamt of working with a NGO and helping people who aren’t so privileged. So, without giving it a second thought I joined “FHI”.
But, as I was new in this city and the shelter homes which were decided for conducting the events were quite far from my residence so, because of my protective parents I wasn’t able to attend a single event. But, the thing which was going inside me was quite intense and so, this wasn’t the end of it. And, then there was this day when I actually became a part of “FHI” by attending my first event. I had never got the privilege to travel alone till 22nd December 2019 when “FHI” conducted their event on the theme of ” 3R principle ie. Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. And, luckily this time I convinced my parents to allow me to travel alone. It was going to be a whole new experience.
Finally, I arrived at my destination “Khushi After School”, due to my excitement I reached before time. Then, as I went inside this home, the atmosphere was just awesome, there were children playing, giggling, all around. And believe me, life met me there in their carefree smiles. Their endearing smiles felt like sunshine in cold winter and it was like the peace I was searching for. I was able to see a glimpse of universe in their eyes which were full of dreams. Then, after a while other volunteers reached too and I got acquainted with people who share same thoughts like me, and are kind enough to devote their time for helping and enlightening the life of so many kids. Now, as a part of it, I was supposed to teach children to convert waste products into creative outputs according to our theme. And so we created lots of creative articles and also played few games too with them.
My first experience was awesome. Personally, that one day gave me enough peace and knowledge that would be my motivation for fighting battles in my head. I think, I still have to learn many things from these kids. As, Life is just a moment between life and death, and I’m glad that I got a chance to create some beautiful moments and to learn new ways to see this life through the eyes of these wonderful kids and people I met, just because of “FHI”.