Despite constant claims made by the economists and international organizations all over the world that India is truly on a recovery mode, we cannot simply ignore the hard head-hitting facts which do not portray India in a very positive state. A large portion of India’s population remains impoverished and in need of basic human necessities. 70% of the population still has limited access to housing and clean water. With an estimated 6 doctors for every 10,000 people, the people of India also continue to face severe public health problems on a daily basis — not to mention issues with women’s rights, education, and small business development.
India’s GDP for the July-September period, grew at 7.4% – with a boost from manufacturing and financial services. But keeping in mind the stark realities that circumscribe the Nation’s goal from being a developing country to a developed one, we still have a long way to go. As the youth, who owe their existence to this country, it should be our prime motive to question our actions time to time and introspect and ask ourselves, that what have we given to this country? Are we doing our bit?
There are various ways to go about it and rather amazingly it can be found that beyond simply looking for ourselves and contributing to society can also help us achieve, self-happiness goals. Working with NGOs is one of the most feasible ways, which offer various volunteering programs in India to achieve the personal as well as social benefits.
How volunteering with NGO can actually help in achieving personal as well as social benefits?
1) Strategy making skills:-
In high schools and colleges, strategies were devised to achieve personal and professional goals. While working in an NGO , plans and ideas go much beyond and are even more widely discussed and appreciated. Targets aren’t set for few days or weeks but for months and years.
2) Better networking :-
It is always a treat to meet different people from different backgrounds and cultures, with the same thought process as ours while volunteering. It is important to let the comfort zone stretch and expand . In future, same people may become best buddies, mentors , people worth the time and energy spent on them.
3) Moral education :-
While helping the underprivileged, we are often reminded of the fact that the struggle is of the whole nation and that we should never stop supporting each other. A sense of perspective is gained, which helps in observing the impact of small things in the long run.
4) Leadership :-
Volunteering and planning strategies on a day to day basis help in improving personal growth and enhancing leadership skills. NGOs give a huge opportunity to increase the synergy of brainstorming which further helps in achieving long term personal benefit.
5) Happiness and self satisfaction :-
Becoming a volunteer with an NGO, gives the required boost to add something positive , in the lives of others .It gives meaning to us being here beyond simply looking after ourselves. It changes the life from being purely self-centered to being something with meaning for others, too.
6) CV BOOSTER :-
One of the most unique takeaways from NGOs, is that volunteering with them adds as a great experience as well as an extremely beneficial CV booster too. There is a win-win situation, whether we plan to go for further studies or straight away want to apply for a corporate job.
There are various volunteering programs in India, offered by various reputed NGOs. One of the best NGOs in this league is Lakshyam, an NGO based in Delhi, whose purpose of existence is to enhance the lives of underprivileged children and women, and to offer a positive direction and a healthier approach towards life. The NGO has incorporated various unique and out of the box projects, like Toy Library, Butterfly and ‘Rooh’- awakening women’s soul and has left no stone unturned to convert its vision of a prosperous nation into a reality.
Therefore keeping the above mentioned points in mind, working as a volunteer in a reputed NGO, like the one mentioned above is the best kickstart which a student can give to his/her career. All those who have been given so much in life should experience the joy of giving and sharing as well.