Our alumni believe in the power of giving back and they do it in their own small ways. In central India, Ashutosh Gupta, an AIM for Seva alumnus from the Smt. Krishna Rani Papneja AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Narasinghpur, Madhya Pradesh created a What’s App group and added 150 AIM for Seva students and alumni to this group.
More than 55 students and alumni in the What’s App group have agreed to donate a sum on a regular basis to AIM for Seva and Ashutosh is looking at a minimum amount of Rs 100 from each alumnus every month.
The story isn’t very different down south. A. Poovizhi, an alumnus of the Bhavani Arun AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Chinnasalem, Tamil Nadu along with her friend N. Gomathi did a three day Sanskrit camp for the children of the S. Viswanathan Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu a couple of months. A total of 56 students attended the three day Sanskrit course that included 20 boys from the AIM for Seva Kuppuswamy Chatralayam for Boys, Polur, Tamil Nadu. The camp ended with students putting up a skit. There are 38 boys residing in the Sriperumbudur hostel and 29 boys in the Polur Chatralayam.
At the camp, Poovizhi and her friend Gomathi taught the boys basic speech and words in Sanskrit. This included Sanskrit numerals (1-50), parts of a body, self introduction phrases and days of the week.
Poovizhi joined the Bhavani Arun AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Chinnasalem, Tamil Nadu in 2015 when she was in class 11. Encouraged by her coordinator, she did a one year certificate course in computer as well as a first level certification course in Hindi. “While studying for the Hindi certificate course, I realised that I have a love for languages,” she says.
After completing high school in 2017, Poovizhi shifted to Chennai from Chinnasalem to pursue her graduation. She is currently pursuing her second year BA (Sanskrit) at the Queen Mary’s College, Chennai.
Poovizhi biggest learning after coming into our Chatralayam was the importance of Seva. “I gained lot of confidence and the importance of studying and having a career,” she says.
Poovizhi’s father died when she was in her teens after a prolonged illness on account of hyper tension. Her mother is a daily wage labourer in the construction industry in Chennai. Her younger brother and nephew also study in AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Sriperumbudur for while her older brother is currently pursuing his Masters in Commerce (M.Com) at the Government Arts College for Men (Autonomous), Nandanam.
Poovizhi is keen to enter the academics line. “I would like to do MA in Sanskrit after BA. I am also open to doing Bed (bachelors in education). I like teaching youngsters,” she says.