On 18th December 2009, we visited the Shramjeevi Ashram located at Vasai, Vrajeshwari. We reached there at 10 am and met the Joint Secretary of the NGO, Mr Pradeep Khairkar. Pradeep Khairkar is associated with the organisation for about 10 years. He briefed us about the NGO and gave us a brief introduction of the organisation and its achievements in the past. Then, he gave an outline of the activities that he had planned for us. He suggested us to divide ourselves into appropriate teams and work. We, then decided that irrespective of the groups that we belong to, all 16 of us would work as one team and whenever and wherever required we would help each other. Mr Pradeep then called out ...view middle of the document...
While serving the food, again our motive was to interact a lot with thema and make them smile whenever possible. We asked them their names, which class do they study in, cracked jokes, etc. Our imperfect Marathi also made them laugh. It was a culture over there to wash our own plates after having food and no one else would wash your plates. The small girls were very good at it and never complained about it. After their lunch was over, they proceeded towards their classrooms and we had our lunch.
We rested for an hour when the kids were in classrooms having their lectures and decided on what to do next. We decided on few more games that we can play with them.
Games – Session 2
In the next session, we were determined to be better than the first session. We started playing passing the parcel. They were divided in the teams of 10-15 and each group was handled by 2 people. Girls were asked to dance, sing, mimic others, etc and the girls putting good performances were given chocolates and gifts. After the game of passing the parcel, we played kho-kho and musical chair with them. It was 5 pm by then. It was their time to leave for home, but neither they nor us wanted to end the day.
It was a day full of satisfaction and happiness for us. We wanted to come back again next day but it was the time for us to leave for Empower camps. So the next day decided for us was 27th of December. Mr Pradeep promised...