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October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

Make A Difference (MAD) has taught me the real meaning of being mad and has given me the confidence to dream for something which people often tend to forget. I have been a part of this NGO for almost 6 months or so and yea I have no doubts about the effort put in by the so called MADdies. The level of professionalism shown by the volunteers and the teams in different cities all over the country is simply commendable. My experience of being among the kids has been among the most satisfying and its true nothing can replace the happiness derived through teaching and being with these kids ever. My kids whenever I meet them are really happy and are more confident in meeting new people than they were before we started our classes for them. People believe me the feeling of being a MAD volunteer is something no one can estimate unless they themselves join this amazing organization.

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

the way the children come up and feel comfortable when they learn something new.

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

excellent, serious, confident, daring, jovial and most importantly everyone over here is chasing a common dream for a BETTER FUTURE.

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

build up its very own English teaching institute where English Education could have been provided free of cost to anyone who wants to learn forgetting all forms of discrimination.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

Make a difference - as the name suggests, means instilling a change. Education is not yet considered a fundamental right in India. I still ruminate over days when I struggled to achieve excellence in education. Make a difference helps people like me who have dearth of opportunities to explore one's potential. To ensure that the youth understand the unexplored segment of the nation, I began with make a difference in Delhi. After 8 months in Delhi, the shelter home authorities have expressed gratiutde towards our team of volunteers for taking the first step towards educational liberty. Make a difference is undoubtedly the largest and most committed youth network of India. As Agha Khan states, In a world that is very rich, there are many who are very poor. MAD is about reaching these poor and help them achieve development in its true meaning. It is a change brought by the youth of today for the youth of tomorrow.

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

Delhi specifically. The team of 800 volunteers speaks one unique language of "change" and the passion to bring a difference across 11 cities in India deserves accolade

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am content with the developments in MAD and the organised effort of core teams

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

Teaching as leadership and the ability to be change master. The smile in the face of an educated child is beyond expression

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

educated, intellectual and established professionals from best organisations, students from best colleges, a unique desire to prioritize a child over oneself

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

educate each child in India for free and ensure educational liberty as in developed economies

Ways to make it better...

MAD spread like a revolution in India and received a platform for children across states

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

sustainable financial support

One thing I'd also say is that...

Make a difference helps me in educating children who are capable but lack opportunities. I belonged to the same segment during earlier years. MAD understands the value of education and the immense gamut of potential it has on one's life.

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

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