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Experience the Joy of Giving

Do YOU feel that YOU could do something

–  when YOU see children picking rags in the morning
–  when YOU see children in slums working
–  when YOU see small children begging

At an age when they should have been going to school to study, play they are working. But then all are not so much privileged. Still these underprivileged children can be helped if YOU have the desire to do so. Many of us want to support these children but don’t know how to start. Times of India has come up with an initiative “Teach India”.

“Teach India is a nation-building initiative (or social initiative) that brings together children in need of education and people who can contribute a little time towards teaching them.

This initiative has been started in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Recently it was also launched in Bangalore and they got an overwhelming response from the students, professionals, housewives.

Even I registered for this initiative and opted to teach on weekends. But because of the overwhelming response and most of them being professionals, they didn’t have slots left on weekends. As I still wanted to be a part of the initiative i registered for weekdays. I think its not too difficult to spare 2 hours in a week.

Teach India places you with an NGO depending on your preferences. I was placed with the NGO ‘Youth for Seva’ and had an introductory session with the NGO. This NGO has been started by a software engineer, who quit his job in USA, with the aim to inspire youth to volunteer to serve the community. But it was very much evident from the response at the introductory session that it was not too difficult to inspire the youth. I could see the whole family  with grandparents, parents and children coming up as volunteers. I could feel a sense of excitement in the college students to support the initiative and bring in more of their friends to contribute.

Experience the Joy of Giving

The Youth already has the inspiration to serve their community but they couldn’t find opportunities. Seems the Teach India has been able to bring that opportunity as is very much evident in an engineering student’s words who was present there: “We have a lot of free time in evenings and we always wanted to do something for these children but didn’t actually know how to start. But with Teach India, we got a platform to fulfill our desire.”

If YOU are a volunteer for Teach India, YOU just have to spare 2 hours a week for these children.

I was too skeptical with the concept of giving only 2 hours a week. It seemed to me that 2 hour was not enough for teaching them and also there will be no continuity. But this NGO cleared my doubt. They have planned to form a group of 5-6 volunteers who will teach on different days and different subjects. This seemed to be a better way.

All of YOU who want to come forward and help to change the future of these children, can volunteer for Teach India. For more details see


Written by Priyanka Varma

September 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Posted in General, India, Society

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  1. Great initiative but very limited. Nothing of the kind exists at here at Jampot. Wanted to be a part of it, now I wonder if there could be a better model where motivated people can spontaneously come together to bridge this gap, the missing link to development of our country.


    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm

  2. When I checked teach India site, registrations were closed for Bangalore since they got too many responses from blr.


    November 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm

  3. hi,
    Although I am not a big personality to comment it on the article, however would like to tell that many things one can perform on thier end to end this illiteracy. Well apart from donating books and money to orphnages/educational institution, one must give a try to teach the young children of the maids/servants…

    This is just a suggestion though a tough one but you will be able to put your self in comfort once you are engraved in the teachings…
    Anyhow “Preaching is easy then teachings “.

    Ankur Lekhi

    Ankur Lekhi

    December 3, 2008 at 6:52 am

  4. Hey Priyanka.. i wanted to thank you for pointing this org.. i was exactly looking for something like this!


    January 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

  5. I chanced upon your blog and found it very informative. The event blogs are striking enough to have a feel of the event, so, I would like to have a little chit-chat on your blogging interests. And even we are coming up with an event on startups on June 6th. So, can I have your contact details? Looking forward to hear from you.


    May 30, 2009 at 9:07 am

  6. Hi Priyanka(Tube) .. Thats really very informative . Teach India is really a great initiative and could defenitely be helpful in driving social development and lowering the illiteracy rate .


    June 6, 2009 at 2:34 am

  7. Hi Priyanka, Its a fanatastic idea. I wish more and more people come forward with this initiative and make India smile better.

    M R DASH

    March 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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