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Fun Day @ WonderLa

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It was just a normal Sunday when we were taking weekend computer classes for the kids at Anatha Shishu Sevashram. And  the kids told that they have a short vacation after their exams. One of us just asked them if they would like to go out somewhere for one day. And they all were too excited and happy to just hear that.  Seeing their happiness on just the thought of going out, we talked to Saraswathi madam(caretaker of the orphanage). She was also very happy and suggested us to take them to WonderLa as they had never been there because the orphanage could not afford it. The kids were very happy when we mentioned them about WonderLa. Without thinking anything whether how we will get the funds, we promised them that we would take them  to WonderLa.  We had just four days to arrange for the funds and transportation. We were very much worried whether we would be able to fulfill the promise we had made to the kids. But then we were determined that in any case, we will try our best.

First we had thought that we would not take the smaller kids but then we didn’t feel like to devoid them of fun. So, in total it was 52 kids.  And its truly said “Where  there is a will, there is a way” . First of all, we got a 60% discount from WonderLa. But still it was a large amount. We mailed to our friends, office colleagues and in 3 days we could collect sufficient amount. Thanks to all of you who helped us in this.

Finally the D-day came. On 25th Dec at 8 am all kids were ready after their breakfast waiting for the bus with smiling and laughing faces. 13 of us(volunteers) were there to take care of the kids. Singing and dancing we reached our destination. It was Christmas day and there was special event happening outside – Santa Claus meeting the kids,  singing, dancing and clapping on the drum beats.

At 11am we entered inside the WonderLa. The kids were happy meeting the Santa, handshaking with them. As it was a large group of kids we had to divide them into groups with one volunteer with them. We realized that there was no use of dividing the elder kids in groups as they were already running here and there. So we took the younger kids in smaller groups. But there is a great bonding among the kids themselves that they took care of each other. It was little difficult to manage the younger kids but we enjoyed with them – instructing them, scolding them and also making them stop crying after the rides. Few of the kids cried on the rides but still didn’t want to miss the fun and took the other rides though they were scared. And few were not at all scared.

At the end of the day, all the kids were very much happy and were quite reluctant to go back.  But the joy and happiness on their faces really made our day.  When we went back for the classes this Sunday, they told that the trip was super and “chennagidde“(Kannada word for super) and that they enjoyed a lot. Thanks to all of you who helped us in making this possible.

Enjoy the pics :

http://picasaweb.google.com/vaibhav.kumar/WonderLaTrip_WS#

http://picasaweb.google.com/trivenicat/Xmas#

http://picasaweb.google.com/priyanka2112/Wonderla03#

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Written by Priyanka Varma

December 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

11 Responses

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  1. Thanks for taking such intiative for childrens. Smile on their face worth more than anything. 🙂

    ajeet

    December 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

  2. awesome work, keep it up ! ! !

    viral

    December 29, 2009 at 4:52 am

  3. Great Work !!! Kudos to all of the people who were responsible to make it happen 🙂 Nice writeup and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

    Srikanth

    December 29, 2009 at 5:36 am

  4. Keep up the good work don 🙂

    mikey

    January 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  5. Like your writing.. keep it up!

    Amol

    January 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  6. what a time i read your article about “Bucket List”.. with the song ‘Say what you need to say’ …

    Amol

    January 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  7. Hi Priyanka,

    Really nice work. And you guys really did put a lot of effort to arrange it in a short notice.

    Just a thought came to mind, can we start some kind of initiative (a fund raising club) may be where, members can contribute whatever they can to d fund.

    And this may go into different activities like this, may be to the other orphanages in the city may be.

    This definitely needs a good thought. May be if you guys can have a meeting arranged, I am sure many of us would like to be a part of this initiate.

    Thanks,
    Subh

    Subhransu Behera

    January 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

  8. @all thanx for your kind words

    @Subhransu Thanks for the suggestion. Actually we know few groups of people who have their own fund raising clubs and they have helped us a lot of time.

    We are also thinking upon the same lines. Will surely communicate when we come up with something like this.

    priyankavarma

    January 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

  9. Hi Priyanka,
    We have a non-profit trekking grp and as part of our social treks was searching for an orphanage,hence came across yr blog.
    Will u refer us to Anatha Shishu Sevashram for our social trek.
    The idea is to take few kids(20-30)for a day-out closer to Bangalore and also contribute some essentials (books,clothes,etc)to them.
    As we are new to this kind of social activity we do not know any of the orphanages/kids home and your assistance ih this regard will b v.helpful.
    We r planning this activity in Jan.
    You can reach me at aamir959@gmail.com
    Visit our bolg http://bangaloreascenders.blogspot.com/

    Mudassar

    January 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

  10. Please visit http://twocentsofhope.com/ if you are really interested in helping children across India..you can practically choose a child for education and moniter his/her education

    Amol

    January 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

  11. Sir please call me on my mobile number.

    rupankar mandal

    September 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm


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