Visit to an Orphanage - a Soul Stirring Experience
18th July 2010, Sunday
A soul stirring experience indeed, all of us took something back home after the visit...
It all started with a group project. We, students of the first batch of Executive Program for Working Professionals, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar, got down to planning our visit to the orphanage 'Children of the World' in Dwarka. Our primary motive - to pull off our group project for the subject 'Organizational Behaviour'. Little did we know, that a small experience would leave such a huge impact on each one of us, as individuals, as human beings..!
It was a Sunday morning, the logistics and list of items to be donated were in place, the magician we had called for the kids' entertainment was running on time, and we all had started from home in the hope of making the project a huge success. We met up at the Dwarka metro station and proceeded to the venue. The heat was at its peak, and few of us were restless already.
And then it happened. We entered a room full of children, as chirpy as the birds in a garden, as pretty as blossoming rose buds. Their eyes sparkled at the sight of a bunch of people with goodies enter into the room. A few of them mixed up with us like we visited them every week, while a few of them were sitting in the distant corner, staring straight into our eyes, piercing our souls.
Despite all their liveliness, we could somehow sense the distant pain, the longing to have someone who would not just visit them once a month or year, but take care of them forever..! It indeed moved each one of us to witness those little ones, disowned and dejected, those little ones who deserved so much more in life, who were capable of being the Kalpana Chawlas, Pratibha Patils and A.R. Rahmans of the future..!
And when we came out of the orphanage, a few of us had broad smiles on our faces while a few had shed a silent tear, and the entire Group-2 of the Executive MBA students of XIMB, who had entered the orphanage with the intention of earning 25 marks in a project, earned something much more valuable which would indeed stay with them forever..!
"A baby is a miraculous gift from God, no matter how one receives it. Some are given the ability bear them, others the ability to rear them"
Adopt a child, not only will you help secure the future of a deserving individual, but also bring into your life loads of happiness, positivity and affection..!