We have been in the mode of Seva for the last 18 years. We are on a mission to educate rural India and this can only be possible through donor support.
What’s gratifying is that some of our donors are doing danam quietly. One such individual is from Madhya Pradesh who is currently sponsoring two of our students at the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys at Indore.
This individual did not want his identity to be revealed for he really and truly believes in the power of Gupt Daan (secret charity). “I am not doing any philanthropic work for name or publicity but it’s a part of my duty to serve underprivileged children,” he says matter-of-factly.
This donor has been supporting our student Vikas Bhargav for the last three years. According to our Madhya Pradesh coordinator, Swami Aishwaryananda Saraswati, Vikas is a child prodigy who came to the AIM for Seva Nemavar Chhatralaya when he was in 5th class in 2014.
Recollecting Vikas’s journey, Swami Aishwaryanandaji says that Vikas stood first and his class teacher suggested a CBSC school for him. “They told me that whatever you teach him and that is enough for him. He doesn’t need further study, his mind is like a computer. I inquired in CBSC Indore schools for his admission in 6th class. After much struggle, we found him a suitable school.”
Vikas is now studying in class 9 in Standard Public School, Indore (CBSE). Vikas hails from village Tivadiya in Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh.
From this year onwards, our donor also started supporting Krishna (Clinton Reyong) who resides in the same hostel as Vikas and is also in 9th standard like Vikas in Standard Public School, Indore.
Our Gupt (secret) donor has been associated with Aim for Seva and Swami Aishwaryanandaji since the last six years. “I was watching the selfless service of the Trust. I am very impressed with the services rendered by the Trust. One day Swamiji told me that Vikas needs help for his studies in Indore. I gladly accepted to help him as he is a really deserving, poor Adivasi student. He is performing very well and I am grateful to Swami Aishwaryanandaji for giving me this opportunity. This year Swamiji told me about another bright, deserving, poor student Krishna and I agreed to help him as well,” says our donor. The experience of sponsoring students and seeing their academic progress has been ‘superb and very satisfying’ for our secret donor.
Our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati has stated that danam, giving, is the means for growth. “Not giving is a mark of being stunted. Remaining a consumer all the time, and not becoming a contributor, is not the Vedic view of life. We have to be contributors.” Swamiji said that ‘giving is the means for growth. “In the act of giving, you grow, people grow and your country grows.”
And the good news is that individual philanthropy is gaining ground. The emergence of an ecosystem, financial advisers and lawyers is helping high paid professionals to set aside a part of their yearly earnings (as much as 10%) towards a common cause, as per a report in Times of India (October 2014).