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.
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.
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..