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October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009

I had a great time being in MAD.. being wid the kids spending time with them and helpin them as much as i could n also learning a lot from them has been really a pleasure fr me...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the performance and behaviour of kids.. how they ve improved in their academics as wel as spoken english.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amount of time i ve spent wid the kids..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009

A person like me who really loves spending time with kids feels that mad is the best place to be. I have a worked with quite a few ngos teaching kids but have never come accross 1 which is as active and organised as madd.The time commitment madd requires is also suitable for most of us(2hours a week).I feel this is my first step towards making a difference and the results show. I can feel the kids love us ,they like to be taught by us and look forward to the classes with us.I was extremely touched when one of my students actually came and touched my feet which shows how much they respect us. The best part about mad is the way the syllabus is structured , different activities for teaching a particular topic so that its more of fun and learning and quick learning.As a result the students dont get bored and are able to learn faster. The classes require some amount of preparation but its nice to see your work and effort getting good results. What builds and strengthens an organisation is its members which is a plus point madd has. everybody is extremely dedicated and friendly and in case of any problem which rarely happens we have a core committee which is extremely helpful,always available for us and friendly as well).Through madd i got to interact with a lot of new people and it definitely made me more outgoing considering the kind of introvert i was. i was also a bit confused about teaching as a career but now after working with madd i am sure i want to take this further. trust me teaching some1 gives you a lot of happiness and its better than any other happiness in the world.i really look forward to that 1 special day in the week which has changed my life!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the smiles on the faces of those kids when they see us and to see that the kids there know so much. i feel much more confident and feel i have headed in the right direction.also the other volunteers are extremely cooperative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 10, 2009

The Trivandrum branch of Make A Difference came into being in the first half of this year and I've been with it almost right from its inception. Nearly all the volunteers are college students and everything is done by them. A student myself, perhaps this is why I don't feel so out of place at MAD. We learn from each other, we learn with each other. I have been teaching at the SH Jyothi Bhavan at Nalanchira for the past four months. The eagerness of the girls to learn and the enthusiasm with which they welcome us humbles me every time. I think I'm becoming a better person because of them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children I teach English to. Slowly but surely, they are gaining more confidence to speak the language.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

not "were" but ARE. The staff and the volunteers are the most dedicated people you'll find anywhere and are united in their goal to "Make a Difference"

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start providing computer education to the children which is a prerequisite in this day and age.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

The thought of giving back to the society had been bothering me for long.. but how?? and what?? there were so many options available.. but somehow wasnt able to identify with a lot of them.. until i heard of MAD.. why MAD?? 1. the space that the organisation operates in. if we really want to uplift the underprivileged children from their current surroundings, then basic employable skills such as English, computers and personality development is necessary.. otherwise, despite being educated, they will continue to stay within the confines of similar reality 2. professionalism with which they are going about the job.. even a not-for-profit initiative requires a professional approach to make it effective.. the syllabus designed, the feedback mechanism, teacher training, workshops enable us to carry out our tasks effectively.. 3. scalability - i think the scalability of this operating model is huge.. all we require is a motivated volunteer base, and we are ready to start in a new shelter home, in a new city, in a new state.. there are no geogrpahic constraints in the scalability of MAD 4. youth - i truly believe in the power of youth to bring about changes.. and MAD is just that.. providing a platform to the youth to make a difference.. i could go on and on about it..

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way the target children have taken to the classes.. it is quite pleasing to hear when the children say "sir, we have a 5 day holiday break coming up.. can you come and teach us daily then??"..

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the classes are fun and interactive.. breaking the traditional style of teacher rambling and students taking notes.. the syllabus has been designed to cmobine fun with learning..

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very motivated..

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire professional agencies to design additional curriculum and impart vocational training.. english is just one of the skills that the underprivileged children lack..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

Happy that iam getting a platform to express my experience and joy in joining this organization.MAD is in simple terms ultimate fun.Building tomorrows assets today.For any firm/nation,its the people who are considered to be the most valuable asset.If we can make the youth powerful in knowledge and skills,then we can see the future shine in glory.Thats what MAD does.Bridging the inequality in society through education.The rich has options,but what does the underprivileged has?The middle class has life,but the street kids wish for one.The growing has ways to measure that,but the poor has none to look after its growth.MAD works among these future assets of the country,teach them english and computers.Guide them with placement activities,career awareness and guidance,opening the eyes of an orphan to see a whole new world that he would not even have imagined.The organization follows the'young lead the young' strategy,hence sure of never dying spirit for change.All volunteers are so enthusiastic and involved,that they many times postpone or cancel their personal works and go to the centers to teach the kids.Over the last few years of MAD's activities,we have seen unmatched progress in the life of each kid associated with us.They now understand care,love and affection.They understand that they too can lead a normal life than any other.Above all they do believe that they proudly can say anywhere and to anyone that 'indeed life is blessed,and its in our hands to define our destiny',that too in pure english.Thanks to MAD that these kid's future is valued.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

terms of progress in a childs overall confidence level.The activeness he shows in day to day events and his viewpoint about his better future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the kids and volunteers are equally active to bring progress and quality in each others lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great.All wanted to make a difference.All wanted to see a better future for these kids and wanted to contribute in some way or the other to ensure it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring in more smiles on the face of thousands more of underprivileged kids in the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

I have been a M.A.D volunteer for about one and a half years now. I joined having a very vague idea of what they did. I didn't want to change the world, and I certainly didn't think I could teach all that well. But the people there and the kids you get to teach change you overtime. I learned a lot from the folds of MAD volunteers. The kids and volunteers both are like family to me, as is the case with lots of MAD volunteers. There are kids who passed out and still keep in touch with me. Talking with them and checking up on their progress makes my day. MAD is driven by the youth, and as such it runs on the inexhaustible resource of youth initiative. MAD harnesses this potential to address a valid social cause of plugging the holes in the education system that underprivileged children are exposed to. Now, not only do I want to change the world, I'm convinced that education is the most powerful tool to do so.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I got to meet and interact with. They changed my life in ways that nothing else would have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

I have been with Make A Difference for the past 7 months and each moment has been challenging as well as gratifying to say the least. From forming a new team in Mumbai, to finding like minded people to increase the stability of the services and above all, going each week to teach an eager group of children, it has been one experience I shall always cherish. The part I love the most about MAD is the confidence of each volunteer in its core belief. The ideology is simple. Education is the key to solving the problems that our society faces. The method is simple too - Lets teach. A plan is chalked out. A syllabus provided. Each volunteer is trained to make maximum use of the syllabus to reach the goal i.e a fluent English speak group of children. Not only have I become a part of MAD but now, MAD has become a part of me. MAD has helped me stabilise and motivated me to be the best person I can be.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the confidence levels of the children we teach. Also, on a personal level, the moment you stop lazing around on a Saturday monday and get up early because a bunch of children are waiting for you, you know that you are a changed person.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie between volunteers of different cities. Without having met or seen, each volunteer is just bound together with one aim and that forms friendships that even years of close proximity cant foster

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly to say the least. Excited and determined.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start more centres, thus in turn teach more children. set up computer centres and reading libraries in each of its exisiting centres.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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