They did what others couldn't!

They did what others couldn

They did what others couldn't! MAD (Make A Difference), a organisation that works for children in shelter homes and orphanages across 23 cities in...

MAD (Make A Difference), a organisation that works for children in shelter homes and orphanages across 23 cities in India, teaches English and conducts co-curricular activities for kids. Every year, they conduct a three-day outbound camp for the children where the students get an opportunity to participate and learn things that they would have never been exposed to.

This year, the Hyderabad team of MAD had organised two camps for the children in the January. The first camp held recently at Divya Retreat at Keesaragutta was a great success. Nearly 140 children and 50 volunteers were present. For every five kids, they had allotted two volunteers.
Firstly, the kids were given a brief description about the events sketched out for three days. They were given a kit as well, which includes basic requirements like brush, soap, towel, shoes etc. The dream camp was not just about a fun based outing but it was beyond that. .
Girls in the camp who were above the age of twelve were given training on self defense, cleanliness, and many useful things like how to keep themselves safe, how to react to the situations where they feel uncomfortable with the wrong people around, teaching them about what is safe touch and unsafe touch.
They were given training in an interactive way. Informative animated videos were played for the kids.
“We have been waiting desperately and planning on how to spend these three days,” said the kids who participated in the camp. “People took good care of us and we learnt about many innovative things and a also got a chance to implement those ideas. We are blessed to be in such a shelter,” they added.
Besides the training classes, they had also organised a lot of games which were based on children’s ideology. The kids were asked to speak about their dreams and the volunteers gave them guidance on how to fulfill their dreams and also on how to study and what to study in order to make their dreams come true.
The volunteers also took the initiative to eradicate the fear in the children and make them strong in many aspects.
The volunteers said, “This camp is a dream which has been planned well for months together and the efforts of the volunteers to get the things done in an order made this a success camp. We had organised a lot of fund raising events for the camp to come true, and so it is titled as “Dream Camp.”
- K Bhagyashree
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