As you know, summer vacations are about to start. There are many things you can do to enjoy your vacations. You can go for a tour outside Delhi, go sightseeing in your city itself or, for a change, you can enjoy all this being in Delhi while also doing some little things, literally little things,to bring a smile on a face for someone who lacks it for some reason or other.There is a range of things you can take part in, for your neighbourhood and society, depending upon your interest, skills — and what time you wake up in holidays! You can, for example, teach kids of slum dwellers or construction workers in your college or neighbourhood. Or if you are worried with increasing level of pollution or increasing prices of energy, you might like to work on environmental issues.Then there are people working for the care of old people, like with HelpAge or with DNiP for palliative care of terminally ill. You can also join youth based organisations which give you opportunities to learn and serve at the same time.This summer, try to balance your days between having fun and doing things for your society.
Some of the volunteer work you can do in summers of 2013.
SOME VOLUNTEERING OPTIONS IN DELHI IN 2013
Cause: Why not work on renewable energy sources like solar and water harvesting?Help Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) identify right people who are interested in water harvesting or solar lamps.You can contribute in documentation too, or even help build and maintain their website. Urban waste is the next headache for cities. It’s relevant to the question ‘why generate it’, than to contain it. You can also work with Swechha that works to contain urban waste generation. They also organise
clean-up carnivals — mass cleaning of colonies. You can take part in their ‘Spotted. Stop it’ campaign.
AT: Swechha, R 84, Khirki
Extension, Malviya Nagar
IYCN, E-37, Lajpat Nagar III,
2)FOR YOUTH, BY YOUTH
To serve society, one needs to first understand themselves.And if you are interested in learning about yourself and also about your society, the SMILE In-turn-ship (their play on the word) at Pravah might be the right place. It’s a two-way learning process, where you learn and serve as well. You will be placed in different organisations based on your skills and need across the country — in rural as well as in semi-urban areas. A team of trained staff will help in grooming you and you will repay it back to society.
AT: Pravah, C-24 B, Second Floor, Kalkaji,
3)A HOME FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN
CAUSE: If you feel for homeless people who beg in the streets, you can work for their rights and their protection. You can teach or counsel them, befriend children as mentors or can help in documentation. Here, you can also work for the rehabilitation and legal rights of riot-affected people.
AT: Aman Biradri, 05/6-A, Aurobindo Marg,
If you love animals ,you can work for animal rights and their well being. You can rent a corner of your home for a week for pets, or can walk a dog, clean its
cage or take part in fundraising.
AT: Friendicoes, 271 & 273
Defence Colony Flyover
Market, Call: 24314787
5)SOUND OF MUSIC
Music can play an important part in development of underprivileged kids. You can direct work for street children or assist staff in development and distribution of
their campaign material,research and write reports.
AT: Music Basti, A-15/19,
6)I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Many terminally ill people have no one to take care of them, being abandoned by their kin. Their chances of survival are almost zero and they can only hope for miracles.But, a simple greeting can put a smile on their faces.Volunteer at DNiP to give them a reason to live another day.
AT: DNiP Care, A-170, Pandara Road,
CAUSE: There are thousands or maybe lakhs who can’t afford medicine. All of us have unused medicine that sees the dustbin after a few months. Why not collect and donate them to the needy? This is exactly what 76-year-old Omkar Nath Sharma has done for years. You can help him reach more people to
collect and distribute medicines.