Report by Aman Kumar, IX-Blossoms, Bawa Lalwani Public School, Kapurthala.
During my recent visit to Kushat Ashram in Kapurthala, I had the opportunity to witness the profound impact of social service and community support on the lives of those who are less fortunate. Upon our arrival, my companions and I distributed food to the residents of the Ashram. The smiles on their faces upon receiving this simple gesture were heart-warming. It was clear that they faced daily challenges, particularly children who lacked adequate food and clothing. This realization struck a chord within us, motivating us to provide both clothing and sustenance to tackle their hardships. Our involvement in the Ashram was a humbling experience, and we felt privileged to spend time with the residents. Interacting with the community at Kushat Ashram allowed me to understand their challenges and hardships. This experience cultivated a deep sense of empathy within me. I could see life from different perspectives, which helped me become a more compassionate and understanding person.
Subsequently, we visited Gurudwara Sahib, where we engaged in cleanliness and Langar Sewa. Participating in activities like cleaning at Gurudwara Sahib and contributing to Langar Sewa instilled a strong sense of responsibility in me. I realized that I had a role to play in maintaining cleanliness in my surroundings and serving the community. This responsibility extended beyond myself and enriched my sense of duty towards society. My involvement in social service and community activities reinforced the joy that comes from helping others without expecting anything in return. This selfless act of service not only benefited those in need but also nourished my own spirit, making me more willing to contribute positively to society.
Through this, I was exposed to various social issues and challenges faced by different sections of society. This heightened awareness of the inequalities and difficulties people endure motivated me to be more socially conscious and work towards creating a more equitable and just society. These experiences were transformative for my personal growth. They taught me valuable life lessons about humility, kindness, and the importance of community engagement. I became more open-minded, adaptable, and willing to embrace diversity. The lessons learned during this visit are likely to stay with me throughout my life. They became a part of my core values and will guide my actions and decisions in the future. I am now more inclined to engage in charitable and humanitarian efforts as a responsible citizen.
In conclusion, this visit as part of my Award Journey significantly contributed to my growth as a human being by instilling empathy, responsibility, and a giving spirit. These experiences not only enriched my moral and ethical values but also empowered me to make a positive impact on society. I am on a path to becoming a compassionate and responsible citizen who understands the value of contributing to the well being of others and the community as a whole.
The International Award for Young People, India has played an important role in making me understand the mantra - ‘In the joy of others, we find our own.’
Thank you IAYP!