By Volunteer Aashi Gupta, FHI Bangalore
“You are not what you own, you are what you give”
And what better way of giving than contributing to someone’s growth, someone’s happiness.
This was my motivation to contribute to social causes – giving back to the society. I have always been taught by my parents that if you are privileged enough to have something which someone else craves for, then there’s no better way to multiply the happiness by sharing it with them. With the same aim, I joined Rotaract club, Rotary International after school for a year. However, I always felt that this was not my calling. I was not able to contribute to something that made me happy. Over time, I realised that working with kids made me happy. That satisfaction that you get when you know that you are able to contribute to the development of a kid’s personality, is unmatchable.
After moving to Bangalore from Delhi, I was actively searching for different NGOs working with kids and that’s when I came across Fly Higher India – FHI on Instagram. And it just instantly clicked. The thing that makes FHI different from other NGOs is the fact that we are trying to inculcate values in kids through fun ways. Books and lessons can teach you a lot, but let’s be honest, learning is always better with a fun factor involved. After having a discussion with the city co-ordinator, Sunny regarding all the apprehensions that I had, I decided to jump in and join FHI, and that is one of the best things to happen to me in 2019.
The first event I attended was at Parikrama Humanity Foundation, Sahakar Nagar and the kids were AMAZING. Their level of smartness was way above their age. That was indeed the best weekend I’v had at Bangalore. Also, being the first event, I was quite apprehensive of meeting new people, but FHI felt like home. Each and every member was so cordial and friendly, it never felt like a first event.
Through FHI, I am able to make a difference in the lives of kids who have so much potential to grow, if shown the right direction. At the end of each event, the smiles on the faces of these little munchkins is what keeps me going. I look forward to a lot more events and an amazing experience throughout.
I’d read somewhere that we should never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting, and I’v finally found that beauty in the smiles of these little kids, all thanks to FHI.