When I get a call to witness and understand a quantum work in this field as a writer, I had no second thoughts leaving aside all my engagements and priorities to be there for the World Vision Partners’ Meet.
And how fortunate I was to have spent an evening in the most worthwhile way ever, I realised as I heard the stories of children supported by this mission having scaled peaks of success in their life and expressing their gratitude for being the pillar of support to make them what they are today.
World Vision India has a vision for every child, a vision of life in all its fullness. However, no great vision can ever be achieved without the support of people who subscribe to those views. That is where the partners’ who support the cause financially with their sponsorship has been able to change lives around for the children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice.
The Partners’ Meet was held so that the partners get an opportunity to meet personally and interact with the child that they have been selflessly sponsoring over the years. It was an opportunity for these honourable men and women to experience the impact of their support in the lives of the children and their families.
The moment I stepped in, the smiling faces of little children walking around waiting to meet their sponsors transformed me making me realise that I had been living in just a myth of achievement. The thrill on the expressions of these little kids talking to their sponsors who have been responsible in transmuting their existence made me feel so modest and unpretentious.
I had the opportunity of interacting with a couple, a Chartered Accountant husband and his wife, an Income Tax employee who have been determinedly sponsoring the education of a child since the last 9 years. Destiny or coincidence, they couldn’t define as they narrated to me the story of how they started off on this noble journey when they were unable to conceive a child of their own and how they were blessed with two children soon after.
Stories of magnanimity, of graciousness were plenteous as I was awed by the level of perseverance that these sponsors portrayed. I was overwhelmed on meeting a 24 year old girl working with a private organisation shouldering the mammoth responsibility of sponsoring a child’s education. Astounded as I was, when questioned as to how she manages to do it, the little girl with the big heart just smiled and said that she always had this in mind as a bucket list right from her college days and she just treats this as a commitment and nothing more than it.
The prospect of being able to meet some of the volunteers, who work tirelessly around the dwellings of the lower sub-strata communities to identify the potential needy and bring them to the notice of World Vision, was equally inspiring. Talking with a group of women volunteers from the slums made me realise that if we have the will power to serve the needy, time and money can never be a constraint.
After the initial interaction between the sponsors and the kids, we were all enthralled and mesmerised by a wonderful musical performance put together by the children.
For us and our kids, who have got everything that they had ever ask for, it may be a bit tough to fathom that for many children, poverty and hopelessness is a constant presence in their lives. While for many of us, Rs.800/- would be the cost of a movie ticket or the price of an extravagant dish that we order at a fine dine, this money every month can help a needy child succeed in life.
As I walked out of the venue that memorable evening, I was ignited by a spark of enlightenment. I walked out sharing the dream of creating an everlasting change in the lives of underprivileged children, their families and communities. I walked out with a prayer in my heart and with the will to make it happen.