Chennai is known as Detroit of India. United Way of Chennai has extended funding support to the project EndrumPunnagai – an initiative for the children of Chennai by Y.R. Gaitonde Foundation. This campaign is an initiative to help students of Chennai boy’s Higher Secondary school in Perambur with decision making skills and donating books for their school library followed by Painting activities by the volunteers of 3M – a company dealing with car accessories.
The campaign kicked off with an interactive ice breaking session with the volunteers from 3M , YRG , United way of Chennai and students. It was an energetic activity in getting to know each other followed by a small introduction on YRG & United Way of Chennai.
The Campaign :
The Decision making skills were taught by a 3M volunteer marking an interactive one-on-one session between the students and other 3M volunteers. The students were taught a lesson on how to identify their specific goals and ways and means to achieve them. The one-on-one sessions boosted the confidencelevel of the students and the volunteers guided the students over identifying the road map to their goals. It was an energetic and fun filled atmosphere engaging every individual present there.
This session was followed by book donating campaign by the 3M volunteers , handing over the books to the students and the Head Master of the school. The students and school faculties were much delighted to receive books for their school library.
After the campaign got over , the volunteers were engaged with painting of school library. Every volunteer present there had their hands on the paint and they truly enjoyed the atmosphere.
Winding up :
The events were wrapped up witha thanks giving session by YRG team by having a dance session with all the volunteers. Followed by it were thanks giving claps by YRG mates. Further, refreshments were distributed to all the volunteers at the end.
There were many positive feedbacks coming in at the end of the day. The 3M volunteers were happy to be a part of the campaign supporting children and they thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the students to help them guide to reach their goals. Few of them expressed their desire to coordinate more campaigns and activitiesin future as a separate club or as an individual volunteer in order to help the needy children. And also, they were impressed with YRG volunteers for their initiatives and how the things were handled and coordinated. They wished to spend more time with children preparing them with alternate options if the desired results could not be achieved and be on right path and also teach them how to communicate with the teachers and their parents in order to nurture and guide them well.
Likewise, the students were exciting to see new people coming in and interacting with them personally, which they were not exposed to. There were big smiles seen in every student’s face at the end of the interactive session. The students thanked all the volunteers profusely for helping them guide their futuristic goals and teaching them how to make specific decisions and not just a decision which is just general. The students too were welcoming more interactive activities.
Nevertheless, there were few setbacks during the event since the program was planned and executed within ten days of their (3M employees) time and much clashed with the examinations of the students therefore the student numbers who attended the classes were less. On the other hand it gave us opportunities to concentrate on small numbers which marked a great difference.