Past continuous, future perfect!!

No, this is not a hostile takeover of syllabus content-writing rights from EZVidya!! Neither is this a lecture on the tenses to be taught in next week’s classes. Instead, the four words above are an effort at closed-captioning the journey of Make A Difference Dilli (MADD) in the last few months….

Confused?? So were we…well, at least in the beginning…

The month was August of 2009, and the volunteer base of MADD had shrunk to worrying levels….. Something had to be done and fast! We were aware of the enormous potential that lay untapped in the city and were eager to uncover the identities of all future MADDsters…

Thus began our search at various colleges across the city. Presentations were made at the institutions and the reception was overwhelmingly positive!! MADD was appreciated for its professional and organized attitude in conducting the entire event and before we knew it, we were interviewing quite a large number of enthusiastic young people raring to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of underprivileged kids in the city…

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By September, MADD was 52-member strong and ready to take on the world!! We organized our first training session mid-month with all the volunteers to familiarize them with various aspects of our MAD world. Starting with the nuances of dealing with children, we covered various aspects of the syllabus structure and discussed ways to make classes more fun!! The training session (or Rendezvous as we like to call it !) was very enjoyable and proved to be an excellent medium through which several creative ideas were exchanged! The old and new volunteers were given a chance to interact, share their thoughts and resolve their queries…

Now, just in case you were wondering where all the fun was, take a look at the pictures below!!

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The dust began to settle after all and classes resumed in full swing…The volunteers and the kids found in each other the source of a new beginning…the inspiration to change the ways things were done in the past and to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those they touched…

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The last Sunday of October was MADD’s first monthly meet!! The objective was to gain valuable feedback and share new views and thoughts with the MADD family. The event was, among other things, a whole lot of fun!! Constructive feedback was shared by the volunteers as they discussed the ups and downs of their experiences. It was a delight to see the old volunteers helping out the new volunteers with teaching methods and tip on handling particularly naughty kids!!

For me, that was the highlight of the day, in fact it was the highlight of the months that we had left behind….because I knew, right there, that we stopped being a team and had merged into a family….

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Comments

  1. hrmadd says

    ' I knew, right there, that we stopped being a team and had emerged into a family….'– i loved this part.. because we are a family..!! its amazing to see the pace at whch we are moving, with so much of passion and motivation in delhi team, am sure mad delhi will make a benchmark soon ….

  2. vaibhav91 says

    madd has been a great journey so far :-) the recrtuitment, training, rendezvous…everything has been just amazing….and yes..madd is no longer a team…v r certainly a family now…!!!

  3. says

    hey, what was the venue for your training. an outdoor training looks like fun. great to see the bonding between volunteers and kids.

  4. Ajanta says

    Thanks Gloria!!! There certainly is a lot of action happening around here…And its just the beginning ;)

  5. Ajanta says

    Hey Sanjana,

    The venue for the training was the amphitheatre at India Habitat Centre in central Delhi…It is a favourite MAD Dilli hang out and is perfectly suited for our interactive sessions!!!

  6. Ajanta says

    Hey Karthik,

    Yup that's Jyoti!! She brought back some awesome memories from the Cochin trip and shared her experience with all of us at our monthly meet!! :)

  7. samarth says

    yeah, a lot happening in delhi.. have made rapid progress over the last few months and finally in a position to discuss it on the national forum.. :)

  8. samarth says

    well, finally blog entry from delhi's side.. yayyyy.. captures the recruitment drive pretty well.. inspires me to write my own blog entry.. i promise i will try to keep it shorter than the length of my emails.. ;-)

  9. anisha says

    well its been a wondreful journey till now with the madd family…The recruitment process was real fun.gave lot of exposer to both `the interviewer and the interviewee.The idea of monthly meeting is a great idea.Great way to bond with all the family members. :)

  10. Samridhi says

    Our enthusiasm levels also keep rising as the number of volunteers and students rises and as the family gets bigger… now we are one big family for sure and it feels great!

  11. arushi says

    I see Raveena in the picture! :D
    It's been an amazing journey so far. And the best thing about it is that instead of wearing off (like it does in most cases) the enthusiasm is actually growing =)

  12. Sakshi says

    The recruitment and training drive was superb!!!! The activities took me into my childhood again and I enjoyed every bit of it thoroughly. Now we are not just a “team” of students and volunteers, we are MADD family altogether…:)

  13. Sakshi says

    The recruitment and training drive was superb!!!! The activities took me into my childhood again and I enjoyed every bit of it thoroughly. Now we are not just a “team” of students and volunteers, we are MADD family altogether…:)

  14. Sakshi says

    The recruitment and training drive was superb!!!! The activities took me into my childhood again and I enjoyed every bit of it thoroughly. Now we are not just a “team” of students and volunteers, we are MADD family altogether…:)

  15. Blesson says

    That is amazing, MADD!

    @Sanju: Yes, we really need to start looking at other training venues. To make the whole experience even more fun. ;)

  16. kohli9harjeev says

    MADD has been a great experience till now. Though i am just about month old in this family but i have seen the systematic approach of the senior members towards the upliftment of the organisation so it can able to build a somebody's house of care,affection,desires etc.
    I hope MADD may always be the first organisation in the line for helping the needful and working for the cause..
    Cheerzzz to all MADD members!!! Keep up the spirit!!!

  17. Niki says

    Good goin MADD :) General Monthly meetings where u discuss normal day to day stuff in class and problems and grievances add a lot of value to our work.

  18. Ajanta says

    That's true Niki.. The monthly meetings have helped us a great deal in increasing the efficiency of our operations and ironing out any problems that crop up…

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