“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
Bonds. Take two distinct or similar chemicals in certain amounts, mix them, under standard temperature and pressure conditions and voila! You now have a perfect chemical bond! But wait. Do we, humans beings, bond the same way? Perhaps not. If it were so easy to form a bond between people, the world would be a much happier place. Bonds are built upon trust. Bonds between people transcend age, gender, caste and creed. These bonds are what differentiate us from a chemical formula.
Why do we need bonds? Because we want to belong. Because we want to feel accepted. We want to care and be cared for. When we bond, we grow. We put our trust in the people we believe in. Such bonds are what exist between the kids and our volunteers. One such story is that of Shubham’s.
Shubham was one of the eldest kids of the Boys Observation Home, Shivaji Nagar, Pune. He was a humble, sincere and a hard-working boy. He was actively involved with the MAD programs. Such was his involvement that he even helped get the shelter home kids to classes. It was during this time that he met Ajinkya Soitkar.
Ajinkya was a teacher when he first met Shubham. He was one of the sharpest kids of his class. Always ready to learn, ready to help in any way he could. About two years later, Shubham left the shelter home. He started working for a courier company, while simultaneously attending his classes in college. He worked hard, attending classes from 8am-1pm and then working as a delivery boy from 2pm-10pm. His dedication paid off. Within six months he was promoted to a position which almost doubled his salary- a remarkable feat for a boy of his age.
A few months later in the dead of the night, Ajinkya received a call from Shubham. He said,” You are like my brother, right? So is it okay if I tell you anything?” What ensued next was something that left Ajinkya speechless. A boy whom he had known for not more than 2 years opened up, trusting him with all his heart. Shubham talked to him about his life, his feelings and his doubts. Ajinkya assured him that he was not alone. That he and many other volunteers were there for Shubham to fall back on.
Shubham is now pursuing B.Com and still works at the courier company. He is in active contact with Ajinkya even though none of them are a part of MAD anymore. The very act of Shubham opening up to Ajinkya is what shows how deep the bond between them is. It is this very bond that extends to many such kids of MAD. These are the bonds that we cherish for life. No matter if they are a part of MAD or not, the bond always stays. These are the bonds that are the very foundation of MAD, not an organization but a family.
P.S: Human molecular formula:
H375,000,000 O132,000,000 C85,700,000 N6,430,000 Ca1,500,000 P1,020,000 S206,000 Na183,000 K177,000
Cl127,000 Mg40,000 Si38,600 Fe2,680 Zn2,110 Cu76 I14 Mn13 F13 Cr7 Se4 Mo3 Co1